Common Yard Pests in Florida

Your lawn is a battleground, where your grass is fighting against weeds and insect pests for space and food. Especially here in Florida, where insects can survive the winter, taking action to guard your lawn against these invaders is important if you want to keep your yard green and healthy. Learn about the most common types of lawn pests below, and what you can do to prevent them from taking over your yard.

Chinch Bugs Chinch bugs are one of the most common lawn pests, partially because they are particularly damaging to St. Augustinegrass, a common Florida turfgrass. These insects suck the juices out of grass, leaving it dry and brown, often in areas edged by concrete or that receive full sun and little moisture. To identify them, part the grass in the affected areas and look for small, black insects with wings. Unfortunately, chinch bug infestations are difficult to prevent or remove without professional treatment.
Sod Web Worms Sod web worms primarily attack Bermuda grasses. These aggravating insects are actually the larval stage of a moth, and are most destructive in the late summer and fall. They usually feed at night and can do significant damage very quickly, leaving an unpleasant surprise of ragged, brown patches in your lawn in the morning. Professional treatment is usually recommended, especially because these bugs are easy to confuse with other types of insects.
Mole Cricket
Southern Mole crickets love Bermuda and Bahia grasses, but can damage any type of grass. These ugly-looking insects tunnel around the roots of grass, eating the roots as they go, thereby killing the grass. They are nocturnal and spend most of their lives below ground, so oftentimes the only sign of their infestation is the drying out of the grass aboveground. Scotts LawnService recommends our exclusive Scotts® Ortho® Max™ Pro insect control products to eliminate Mole Crickets from your Florida lawn.
Fall Armyworm Armyworms and grubs also feed on the roots of your lawn, although they typically damage the grass faster. Damage from these pests may initially appear to be due to drought, with large and irregular brown patches appearing in your lawn. To check for their presence, pull back a square of grass; if it rolls off easily like a carpet and the roots are cut, you likely have an infestation of armyworms or grubs.
WhiteFly Aphids and whiteflies feed on vegetables and ornamental plants. They can cause leaf damage, and tend to leave behind a sticky honeydew that can cause mold and make a plant look black and dirty. Whiteflies are occasionally present in such large numbers that rustling the leaves of an affected plant will cause a cloud of them to emerge. You can prevent these pests by killing them whenever you see them, and isolating infected plants from one another. Whiteflies can also be killed by hanging a yellow trap near a plant, and coating the trap with a sticky substance; the insects are attracted to the color yellow, and will die once they stick to the trap.

Scotts LawnService is the Florida lawn pest control expert. If you see signs of damage, let our service professionals provide treatment plan that is right for your lawn.

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