common lawn pests utah

How to Identify and Control Common Lawn Pests in Utah

Nothing spoils the fun of a warm, sunny day like the presence of pests on your lawn. Pests are a nuisance, and if they are not biting on you, they are spreading ugly patches all over your yard. More often than not, common lawn pests in Utah will be visible with naked eyes. But most times, you will only observe significant damage to your lawn. For quick identification and eradication of these pests, it is necessary to know the characteristics and signs of their damages.

Grubs

Grubs are creamy white larvae of most scarab beetles like the Japanese beetles, June beetles, or the chafers. They are found just below the soil surface and damage grass by feeding on its’ roots.

They are active in springtime and summer, and dry brown patches of grass can be seen where they devour. The presence of adult beetles that lay eggs in the soil is a sign of grub infested grass. Other grub feeding animals like the moles can also be spotted making mounds in search of food.

To efficiently bring the grubs to the surface for confirmation of infestation, consider using dishwashing detergent. Mix with water and pour on the patchy grasses. If there are grubs in the soil, you will spot a few trying to escape the effects of the detergent.

You can eradicate grubs by applying granule solution to the lawn. Note that some granular pest control solutions require a wash down for quick transfers to the soil.

Chinch Bugs

Chinch bugs are another type of common lawn pests in Utah. They thrive in hot, sunny areas and it is easy to mistake their damage with drought effects. They destroy grass by sucking moisture from individual blades then injecting a poison that eventually kills the grass.

Chinch bugs are tiny black insects with shiny white wings. They enjoy staying in thick lawns where adults can feed and lay eggs. The best way to keep clinch bugs away is to aerate, dethatch, and fertilize your lawn. In case of extensive pest infestation, treat your yard with granular chemicals.

Mole Crickets

Brown patches on your lawn can indicate the presence of mole crickets. Mole crickets burrow through the soil to feed on insects and decaying plants. They also feed on grassroots causing the withering and dying of the plants.

A sponge-like feeling when you walk on the lawn is an indication of mole cricket infestation. To prevent mole cricket infestations, avoid over-watering the yard. Moist gardens make it easy for them to dig through and damage the grass. For extensive infestation, use granular insecticides to eradicate the pests.

Army Worms and Cutworms

The worms feed on grass blades and stems leaving dead spots on the lawn. They stay hidden from the sun during the day and mostly feed in the early morning, evening, and nighttime.

You can use the detergent test method to spot the worms in your yard. If the infestation is massive and most parts of your lawn are covered in brown spots, consider employing a professional exterminator for treatment.

Moles and Voles

They dig tunnels in the yard in search of plants, insects, worms, and grubs for food. The moles will dig underground tunnels leaving mounds and raised ridges in the lawn. Voles create paths that move across the lawn destroying grass along its way.

Moles are a sign of other bugs in the soils. Getting rid of other pests will eliminate these rodents. Organic products like the castor oil and garlic act as excellent repellents and will keep the pests away from your lawn and building.

To maintain a healthy lawn and reduce the amount of common lawn pests in Utah, it is vital that you follow proper lawn care procedures. The best practices are to regularly water, aerate, dethatch, mow, and fertilize your lawn. You can also consult the pest control and lawn care experts at Bamboo Servicing for a year-round pest management system.

 

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What are Grubs and How Do I Get Rid of Them?

grubs in Utah

If you are having problems growing beautiful, green grass, there’s a chance you may have grubs. But what are grubs  and how do you get rid of them? Grubs in Utah are a fairly common annoyance that can be treated with the right knowledge and products.

Identifying Grubs in Utah

Have you ever noticed small, plump, white, c-shaped creatures digging in your yard? They are likely grubs, which are a variety of beetle larvae. These pests lay dormant during the cold winter months and then hatch in the spring and eat your plant roots, especially turf grass roots. They eventually grow into adult beetles and lay eggs in the fall, which continues the life cycle.

There are many different kinds of white grubs that you may find throughout Utah. These little pests are the immature form of scarab beetles. The following are common forms of scarab beetles in Utah:

  • Japanese Beetle
  • May/June Beetle
  • Masked Chafer
  • Black Turfgrass Ataenius

What Grub Infested Grass Looks Like

The surest way to know if you have a grub problem is to look for sporadic patches of dead grass on your lawn. Give the grass a little tug and see if it comes up easily from the soil, like a carpet. If it does, the roots of the grass have likely been eaten by grubs. The grass may look white or brown and feel extra spongy. These grass changes become most apparent in the late summer when grubs are almost fully developed.

How to Get Rid of Utah Grubs

Now that you know what Utah grubs are and how to identify problems on your grass, the next step is to treat your lawn with the proper pest control products. While it is possible to treat your lawn on your own, many homeowners choose to hire a licensed pest control technician to do the job properly. Changes won’t happen immediately, but over time you will notice your grass looking more healthy.

Pesticide application alone is not enough. Implementing the following cultural control methods will reduce future grub damage to your lawn:

  • Plant a variety of flowering plants that produce nectar and pollen, which will encourage natural enemies. These may include birds, flies, and parasitic wasps.
  • Resist the urge to overly maintain turf grass with excess fertilization and irrigation. This can become attractive for adult female scarabs to lay eggs in.
  • Begin monitoring for grubs in the early spring by looking for damage to ornamental plants.

Conclusion

Now that you have a better understanding of what grubs are and how to get rid of them, it’s time for the hard work of continually treating and assessing your lawn. Bamboo Servicing is one of Utah’s top choices for family friendly lawn care and pest control. Let Bamboo Servicing get rid of your Utah grubs so that you can enjoy a green, pest-free lawn. Call 385-429-2847 for a free estimate.

 

Below is a fantastic video, produced by Spring-Green Lawncare, that gives some practical types for identifying grubs and treating problem areas on your lawn.

 

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