Bluegrass billbugs are surface feeding insects. Adults have a distinctive snout. You can often spot them crossing driveways and sidewalks migrating to lawn in the spring. Look for sawdust-like feces where they are feeding.
Cutworms are surface feeders. Look for gray-brown-black caterpillars between 1/8 and 2 inches long that curl into a C when disturbed.
Cutworms feed at night. If you suspect a problem, scout for them with a flashlight. To monitor, mix 2 to 4 tablespoons of dishwashing soap in a gallon of water.
Sprinkle over about 1 square yard of turf. Cutworms will come to the surface in about 10 minutes. Flush the area with fresh water to prevent injuring turf.
Chinch bugs are surface-feeding insects. Adults are up to ¼ inch long, and black with white wings. Look for the distinctive black triangle where their wings overlap. To scout for chinch bugs,
cut both ends out of a coffee can and press it at least 1 inch into the soil.
Fill it with water. Chinch bugs and other insects will float to the surface.
There are no specific thresholds established for the number of chinch bugs that justify treatment. But this technique will let you know if they are present.
Birds and small mammals may also damage your lawn while feeding on grubs. Animals often come back to the same spots looking for grubs.
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White grubs life cycle
Insect control and grub control can help you achieve a healthy and green lawn. The key to insect control is to inspect your lawn regularly. Look for unwanted spots in the grass or insect populations.
Insect control in lawns and gardens requires knowledge and experience dealing with common insects and grubs that cause significant damage. Eco-Lawn System can help you develop an insect control program that addresses the problem.
(i.e. Chinch bugs can wipe out an entire lawn in only six weeks)
Late July through September is a good time to look for grubs in your lawn. • Peel back about 1 square foot of turf.Grubs are the larvae of insects such as Japanese beetles, European chafers and Oriental beetles. Grubs live underground and feed on grass roots. They are usually creamy white and C-shaped.
When infestations are severe, turf will look wilted and won't revive even when watered. Damage usually shows up in August and into September when your lawn are stressed.
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Sod webworms are surface feeders. Look for young caterpillars with black heads. Adults are up to ¾ inch long, brown to green with dark spots.
Adult moths had snout-like mouthparts. Signs of feeding include chewed grass blades and fecal pellets.
To monitor, mix 2 to 4 tablespoons of dishwashing soap in a gallon of water. Sprinkle over about 1 square yard of turf. Webworms will come to the surface in about 10 minutes. Flush the area with fresh water to prevent injuring turf.