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Gainesville Pest Control Pros Offer Lawn Insect Tips

In: Lawn Care  |  Pest Prevention Tips

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There are a lot of pests out there that can be a real pain for you as a homeowner and lawn insects are no exception. These bugs infiltrate yards and can easily turn your beautiful, green grass into yellow and brown patches. While many of the insects that wreak havoc on Gainesville lawns are harmless to humans, that doesn’t mean they aren’t annoying and frustrating to deal with.

There are several lawn insects common to Gainesville. They include:

  • Chinch Bugs: Adults are black with white patches on their wings while nymphs are reddish with white bands on their backs. These insects suck out the sap from the grass causing yellowish, brown spots.

  • Mole Crickets: This light-brown bug uses its’ forelegs to tunnel through soil, severing the roots and unrooting the grass.

  • Caterpillars: Sod webworms are greenish with black spots and are the most common grass attacking caterpillar. They can also cause serious damage to shrubs and plants. Army worms are another common caterpillar in Gainesville. They are greenish with dark stripes and are lovers of Bermuda grass. Some caterpillars can cause an allergic reaction.

  • Fire Ants: These are very aggressive ants that build large colonies in sunny open areas, rotting logs, trees and stumps, under buildings and under pavement. If they think their colony is being attacked, many ants will come out and attack the suspect by inflicting a painful sting. This sting can cause intense itching and potential allergic reaction.

Keeping these lawn insects out of your yard is no easy feat. There are some things you can do around your yard to make it a little less enticing to these critters.

  • Do some spring cleaning in your yard. Make sure you get rid of all debris, trim shrubs and bushes, and eliminate standing water.

  • Cut your grass on a regular basis.

  • Water your lawn in the morning.

  • Keep gutters cleared out and free of debris.

  • Make sure wood and compost piles are at least 25 feet away from your home.

Taking these steps can help decrease the odds of lawn insects tearing up your grass, but it is not a sure thing. When it comes to preventing these pests, the best prevention is often to contact lawn pest control professionals, such as the experts at McCall Service. Our pros have know how pests think and we can recommend the best plan of action to protect your family and home from them.  To learn more about Gainesville pest control offered by McCall Service, call us today! 

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