There’s a satisfying pride in owning a lush, green lawn. But imagine waking up to find brown patches, holes, or nibbled grass blades. Such signs might point toward a bigger issue: lawn pests.
Before you panic, CV Lawn King is here to share expert advice on identifying and tackling these uninvited guests. Keep reading to learn how to identify, combat, and prevent lawn pests from taking over your backyard sanctuary.
Recognizing Common Lawn Pests
Before you declare war on pests, you must identify your enemy. Here are the most common lawn pests:
- Chinch Bugs
- Moles and voles
- Fiery skippers
Traditional Solutions for Lawn Pests
Some traditional solutions that you can use for pest control on your lawn include:
- Insecticides: Purchase and apply insecticides specific to the pest you’re dealing with. Always follow label instructions for safety.
- Granular and liquid treatments: Granular treatments are spread over the lawn and then watered in, while liquid treatments are sprayed onto the lawn.
- Grub killers: There are specific chemicals available that target just these larvae.
Eco-friendly solutions are the best option, offering a harmonious blend of effective pest control and environmental responsibility. The best options include:
- Beneficial nematodes: These microscopic worms can be watered into the soil. They naturally parasitize various pests, particularly grubs, without harming beneficial insects, pets, or humans.
- Diatomaceous earth (DE): This natural powder harms pests by causing dehydration but is safe for humans and pets. Sprinkle on affected areas for best results.
- Companion planting: Certain plants act as repellents for specific pests. For example, planting chrysanthemums can help repel ants, and marigolds can deter beetles.
- Neem oil: Safe and organic, neem oil acts as a repellent and interferes with the life cycle of various lawn pests, including grubs.
The Grasshopper Menace: Cache Valley’s Struggle
This summer, Cache Valley is witnessing an unprecedented grasshopper infestation. These pests can reach alarming numbers, causing extensive lawn damage.
So, in addition to the above pest control practices, CV Lawn King recommends maintaining lawn health with organic fertilizers and frequent watering. Grasshoppers prefer dry, stressed grass, so keeping your lawn green and hydrated can deter these pests.
Get Professional Pest Control Services
Armed with this expert advice, you’re now ready to reclaim your beautiful lawn from these pesky invaders. Remember, regular lawn maintenance through mowing, watering, aerating, and vigilance is often the best defense.
If you would like professional lawn care services that include pest control, our team at CV Lawn King will be happy to help. Contact us today to learn more.