Treating Your Lawn for Devastating Insects

If you’re experiencing dead, yellowed or brown patches of grass, you may have a lawn insect problem on your hands. Contender’s lawn experts can help you diagnose which insects are causing the unsightly damage and treat it accordingly. Whether you have Sod Webworms, Chinchbugs, Bluegrass Billbugs, Grubs or European Crane Flies, we can help control them and start restoring your lawn to its former glory.

Sod
Webworm

Sod Webworm

Appearance

A brownish-green caterpillar about 3 inches long. Sod Webworms eat blades of grass at the base, causing them to fall over.

What You'll See

Dead or brown patches in your lawn that are about 4-6 inches in diameter. In the early morning you may even see what appears to be a spider’s web at the base of the dead patch. These patches will spread over a large area of the lawn and will cause a general thinning appearance due to these lawn insects.

Control

Our lawn experts will determine the best control options at the time. In some instances you may have contacted us at the tail end an insect’s life cycle which means we will be honest and fair asking you to save your money but plan for the future hatchings. Important to understand that insects have far reaching migratory options and yearly protection will be prudent when a history of problems have been identified.

Chinch
Bug

Chinch Bug

Appearance

A tiny beetle about 1 centimeter long. Mature Chinch Bugs have black and white coloring. They suck the juices out of the grass blade, causing it to turn yellow.

What You'll See

A general browning of the lawn. It will appear that the lawn is just drying up from lack of water, even though you are watering regularly. The entire blade of grass will turn yellow or brown from the ground up to the tip. It will be most common along driveways and sidewalks where the soil is warmest. Lawns that have a high percentage of fine fescue in their population have a higher chance of seeing chinch bug damage.

Control

Our lawn experts will determine the best control options at the time. In some instances you may have contacted us at the tail end an insect’s life cycle which means we will be honest and fair asking you to save your money but plan for the future hatchings. Important to understand that insects have far reaching migratory options and yearly protection will be prudent when a history of problems have been identified.

Bluegrass
Billbug

Bluegrass Billbug

Appearance

In its tiny grub stage, a Bluegrass Billbug eats the grass stem from the inside out. As an adult black beetle, it sucks the juices out of the blades, causing damage as well.

What You'll See

A general yellowing of sections of the lawn. Each of the grass blades will be yellow, and if you gently tug on the blade, it may pull right up from the base.

Control

Our lawn experts will determine the best control options at the time. In some instances you may have contacted us at the tail end an insect’s life cycle which means we will be honest and fair asking you to save your money but plan for the future hatchings. Important to understand that insects have far reaching migratory options and yearly protection will be prudent when a history of problems have been identified.

Grub
(Young Beetle)

Japanese Beetle Grub

Appearance

Predecessor of the local European Chafer, Japanese and June Beetles. Hatched in Summer, grubs feed on the grass root system from late Summer through Fall, burrow in Winter soil and feed again in Spring.

What You'll See

One of two situations: Either you’ll notice that skunks or other animals are digging up your lawn or that large sections of your lawn are turning brown. Either way, you already know there is a problem! We normally see grub problems either in the late spring or the late summer and fall periods. However, you may occasionally see damage in the heat of the summer.

Control

Our lawn experts will determine the best control options at the time. In some instances you may have contacted us at the tail end an insect’s life cycle which means we will be honest and fair asking you to save your money but plan for the future hatchings. Important to understand that insects have far reaching migratory options and yearly protection will be prudent when a history of problems have been identified.

European
Crane Fly

European Crane Fly

Appearance

Giant mosquito-like insect that devours grass from the leaf blade and down to the root system before eventually devouring the crown – virtually denying any chance of recovery.

What You'll See

Giant mosquito-like insects flying daintily across your lawn and hanging on your home. In May, you can see the larval stage with hundreds of green worms crawling across the ground on lawns and driveways. Damage to the lawn will exhibit thinning areas that within 2-3 weeks can become completely bare soil. May is the month where severe damage is most noticeable.

This invasive insect species originated from Europe and in 2002 invaded Canada, where it has now found its way into Michigan as early as 2010. The ECF, European Crane Fly, is capable of laying 300 eggs. Japanese Beetles can only lay 50 grub eggs so the potential for severe infestation levels is dramatically higher with the ECF compared to grubs. The ECF is a comprehensive feeder of the entire grass structure and its appetite for feeding allows it to consume large volumes of foliage within several days. ECF females prefer to lay their eggs in moist turf where it is most viable for their young to survive. Well irrigated lawns in the fall will provide adequate habitats for the ECF to survive.

Control

Our lawn experts will determine the best control options at the time. In some instances you may have contacted us at the tail end an insect’s life cycle which means we will be honest and fair asking you to save your money but plan for the future hatchings. Important to understand that insects have far reaching migratory options and yearly protection will be prudent when a history of problems have been identified.

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