Find out Which Common Lawn Pests are Destroying Your Yard

A healthy lawn that is well taken care of can still be at risk for common pests. It’s easy to spot dry and yellow patches in your lawn, but it’s quite difficult to find out what’s causing them. We’ve got a list of some of the most common lawn pests and the type of damage they cause so you can properly identify and rectify the issue.

common lawn pests

Grubs

Lawn grubs are the larval form of Japanese, June, and other beetles. Grubs live very comfortably in irrigated lawns in the Northeast, Midwest, and Southwest. They are known to eat grass roots, causing your lawn to die. If you have grubs, you may notice places in your lawn that have been burrowed into by hungry skunks or armadillos, both of which eat grubs.

Chinch Bugs

These are tiny black insects with wings. Chinch bugs are known to attack lawns in sunny areas. They will suck the juices from individual grass plants and inject toxins that loosen your grass from the soil. Even though they are small, if you get down to grass level you may be able to spot these common lawn pests.

common lawn pests
common lawn pests

Mole Crickets

Mole crickets are quite common in the Southeast and are among the most devastating of pests. These insects find their food by digging tunnels through your soil, which decays plant matter and grass roots, resulting in irregularly-shaped brown patches and a spongy feel to your lawn. Avoid these pests by making sure you’re not over-watering your lawn; they prefer moist soil because it’s easier to dig through.

Armyworms

These one to two-inch-long pests are named Armyworms for a reason: they go to war with your lawn. Armyworms will skeletonize leaves, gobble up grass blades, and devour plant stems. As if that weren’t bad enough, these worms lay clusters of small white eggs that hatch within a week and wreak havoc on your lawn for two to three weeks before becoming moths. If you notice circular bare spots on your lawn, you may be dealing with Armyworms.

common lawn pests
common lawn pests

Billbugs

Billbugs feast on lawns, grass stems, and plant roots. Adult Billbugs are recognizable by their long snouts and the larvae (more destructive than the adults) look like a gooey grain of rice with an orangish-brown head. Look for this pest at the edges of dead spots. You can also see a frass (debris that looks similar to sawdust) near where the insects feed. If the dead grass pulls up easily, that’s another good sign you have Billbugs.

Use a Soapy Solution to Determine What Pests You May Have

Some of these pests might be hard to spot with your naked eye, especially since some of them burrow into your soil. Pouring soapy water on a patch of lawn provides a quick way to flush the little villains to the surface. Dissolve two tablespoons of dishwashing detergent in two gallons of water and pour the solution over the affected area. Observe carefully: the insects will scramble to the surface to avoid drowning in the soapy solution and you’ll be able to identify the culprit.

These common lawn pests can cause significant damage to the yard that you’ve worked so hard to keep lush and healthy. Lawn Tech can provide a solution if you see the signs of the damage these little creatures can do. Check out the different services we offer, and let us know how we can help!

Sources: Dummies, DIY Network