What's Eating Your Lawn?

 
 
Chinch Bugs

Chinch Bugs

SIZE:
1/8" -1/6" Inch in Length
COLOR:
Black with silver wings
ACTIVE SEASONS:
Spring, Summer - Southern FL (Year-round)
DAMAGE CAUSED:
Cause brown spots with light yellow surrounding areas.

Lush St. Augustine grass is especially attractive to chinch bugs. Chinch bugs suck the juices from the grass while injecting toxins into the plant. These bugs thrive in sunny areas of the lawn. The presence of earwigs, ground beetles and spiders can be a sign that chinch bugs are present.

 
Fire Ants

Fire Ants

SIZE:
1/8" - 1/4" Inch in Length
COLOR:
Reddish Brown
ACTIVE SEASONS:
Spring, Summer, Fall
DAMAGE CAUSED:
Fire ants pose a threat to the health and safety of your family, pets and livestock. Their painful stings can cause severe allergic reactions. Widespread fire ant mounds can smother the grass underneath, killing the roots.

Fire ants create dome shaped mounds out of soil in open areas of your lawn although they can sometimes even be found indoors. Nests can be as large as 3 feet across and 1Â― feet high; mounds can number 30-100 per acre with up to 250,000 ants in each. In order to completely eradicate a colony, the queen must be killed.

 
Armyworms

Armyworms

SIZE:
1/2" Inch in Length
COLOR:
Greenish Brown
ACTIVE SEASONS:
Spring, Summer, Fall
DAMAGE CAUSED:
Damage caused by armyworms is generally scattered and not confined to patches. Armyworms feed on grass blades and shoots, appearing as circular spots of depressed or dead grass.

Armyworms are active during the spring, summer and fall. They will lay their eggs in the lawn or on objects near the lawn and in the active season will hatch within two weeks.

 
Grubs

Grubs

SIZE:
1/4" - 2" Inches in Length
COLOR:
White
ACTIVE SEASONS:
Spring, Fall
DAMAGE CAUSED:
Feed on the grasses' root system causing the grass to gradually yellow, wilt, thin and die. This causes scattered irregular brown patches to appear throughout your lawn.

Grubs are the "C" shaped larvae of many different beetles. Grubs will feed on grass for several months before any visible damage is caused. Grubs tend to occur in localized populations and should be treated with pesticide as needed in the area where the infestation is present.

 
Mole Crickets

Mole Crickets

SIZE:
1" - 1 1/2" Inches in Length
COLOR:
Tan, Brown, Reddish Brown
ACTIVE SEASONS:
Spring, Summer, Fall
DAMAGE CAUSED:
Feed on the root system of the grass, tunneling and burrowing just beneath the soil's surface. The tunneling dislodges plants causing them to dry out and die.

Mole crickets are found throughout Florida. These insects attract larger predators such as raccoons, skunks, birds, foxes and toads who damage the lawn even further in search of their prey. Some mole crickets can fly and can often be found swarming near outdoor lighting.

 
Sod Webworms

Sod Webworms

SIZE:
3/4" - 1" Inch in Length
COLOR:
Pink, White, Yellowish Brown with Black Head
ACTIVE SEASONS:
All
DAMAGE CAUSED:
Sod webworms are one of the most damaging caterpillars. Damage can occur almost overnight as these worms feed after hours, skeletonizing the grass blades they feed on. This causes the foliage to be completely stripped off in patches appearing yellowish brown.

Sod webworms hatch in about a week after their eggs have been deposited. The larvae feed on grass causing extensive damage to your lawn. As adult moths, they fly low to the ground and will often hide in shrubs or other sheltered areas.

 
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