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Florida property owners take pride in maintaining healthy lawns, gardens and landscapes. Sometimes, however, annoying and damaging lawn pests move in to feed on plants and grass. If you’ve noticed yellow or brown patches in your lawn or other signs of an unhealthy lawn, you may be experiencing a lawn pest infestation. Contact McCall Service today for help identifying and treating your lawn pest problems.
Learn more about the common lawn pest problems facing property owners in Florida.
Chinch bugs are the most important pest of St. Augustine grass and have the ability to cause severe damage to lawns. Click here to learn more about chinch bugs.
Because they tunnel through soil severing roots and disputing the root systems of health lawns, mole crickets are considered a lawn pest in throughout Florida. Learn more about this damaging insect by visiting the mole cricket page in our pest library.
While they prefer Bermuda grass, sod web worms will attack all grasses and have a tendency to cause severe damage to plants and shrubs.
Common areas to find these lawn pests are on golf courses. residential lawns and other areas where Bermuda grass grows.
Imported fire ants are aggressive, reddish brown to black ants that are 1/8 to 1/4 in long. They construct nests which are often visible as dome-shaped mounds of soil, sometimes as large as 3 feet across and 1 1/2 feet in height. In sandy soils, mounds are flatter and less visible.
Fire ants usually build mounds in sunny, open areas such as lawns, pastures, cultivated fields, and meadows, but they are not restricted to these areas. Mounds or nests may be located in rotting logs, around trees and stumps, under pavement and buildings, and occasionally indoors. When their nests are disturbed, numerous fire ants will quickly run out of the mound and attack any intruder.
These ants are notorious for their painful, burning sting that results in a pustule and intense itching, which may persist for 10 days. Infections may occur if pustules are broken. Some people have allergic reactions to fire ant stings that range from rashes and swelling to paralysis or anaphylactic shock. In rare instances, severe allergic reactions cause death.