Timing and planning are key factors in sharing advice. But, lawn care is just as important. Here’s my tip of the month: Insects are a serious threat to your lawn.
The main pests in the Conway/Carolina Forest are chinch bugs, and mole crickets. Centipede and Bermuda lawns are home to mole crickets, while St. Augustine lawns are most affected by chinch bugs. These pests can cause lawn death in large areas if they are not controlled.
Lawn Care Tips
What are chinch insects?
Chinch bugs sucking sap from host plants inject a toxin that causes the grass to turn yellow and eventually to die. Lawns in extreme heat or drought will show more damage. St. Augustine lawns need to be regularly inspected for chinch bugs activity and treated as necessary with insecticides.
Mole crickets can be a little more difficult to manage when it comes to yard maintenance. Mole cricket management is a process that requires patience and regular monitoring. This is not an application of one insecticide. Pest control depends on a well-timed, annual plan. In this instance, timing is just as important as choosing the right insecticide. Young nymphs should be targeted when trying to eliminate mole crickets.
Pest Control Tips for Lawn Care
Conway Lawn Care Service suggests that problem areas be mapped in spring, when the adults are present, as these are areas where the most nymphs are later. These pests can be treated in the most effective timeframe, which is between June and early August. Nymphs are more sensitive to treatment.
There are many insecticides that can be used to control cinch bugs as well as mole crickets. However, it is important to carefully read the labels if you want to apply these products correctly and at the right time of the year.
Online information is available that explains the lawn care methods used to check your lawn for these harmful insects. These pests shouldn’t be allowed to ruin your lawn. Remember that timing is crucial and it is important to act now. You can find more information on insect control in magazines and books at your local bookstore.
Always seek professional assistance if in doubt. To ensure that you eliminate the pests safely and effectively, contact a lawn service company.
Get out there and start working. Or call Conway Lawn Care Service today to set up a time for us and take a look at the lawn to see if it can be improved.