How to Deal With Three of the Most Common Lawn Pests
Posted on:Jul 20, 2020
There is nothing more damaging to a lawn-lover’s pride than a pest-infested yard. That’s why, if you truly love your turf, you’ve got to be ready to protect it. From moles to chinch bugs, there are many lawn threats you should always be on the lookout for. But just how do you get rid of them? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
There are a lot of home remedies out there for your mole problem. But if your lawn is already littered with damage, the only foolproof way to get rid of moles is to trap them. Trapping will rid you of moles—but it won’t stop new ones from popping up. If you want to be proactive in your fight, avoid overwatering your lawn. Too much water saturates the soil and practically serves as an invitation for these rambunctious pests. If that’s still not doing the trick, try cutting moles off at their food source—grubs.
If you’re looking to get your grub problem under control, a chemical-based approach is your best bet. Insecticides are extremely effective at eliminating and preventing grubs; however, they can also have a negative impact on your lawn—killing off beneficial insects along with the grubs. For an organic, eco-friendly approach try either milky spores or nematodes.
3. Chinch Bugs
Much like grubs, chemical control is the most effective treatment for chinch bugs. However, there are a few preventative steps you can take if you’d prefer to go au naturel and avoid insecticides altogether. When avoiding chemicals, maintaining a healthy lawn and healthy lawn care schedule are of the utmost importance. Be sure to aerate your lawn—as denser soil often attracts chinch bugs, fertilize responsibly for balanced pH levels, and, like with moles, always avoid overwatering.
Protecting your lawn is important and with these easy tips you can help preserve your grass—and your standing as the neighborhood’s premier patch of turf.