A Quick Guide For Identifying Common Lawn Pests

Posted by Alan Bernau Jr on Tue, Jan 10, 2017

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There are many types of pests that can invade your yard. It's easy to tell when a neighborhood dog has been digging holes around your fence: You can sometimes identify the guilty canine by the dried mud on its nose and ears. But what if you see damage to your lawn but never spot the perpetrator? Here are some tips on how to identify lawn pests without ever seeing them in person. Enjoy!

Grubs

Patches of wilting grass around your lawn can be a sign that you have an invasion of grubs. After the grass wilts, the turf begins to turn brown. If you lift a piece of this brown turf, you'll find that it has a sponge-like texture. You may even be able to see a few grubs underneath the turf. An increase in crows and other birds on your lawn can be another indicator of a grub problem, since many birds feed on grubs.

Moles

Moles live in tunnels that go a couple of feet underground, but that doesn't mean your lawn is off limits. As a mole tunnels beneath your lawn, it moves the loose ground toward the surface, creating piles of dirt that look like mini-volcanoes. These piles can sometimes measure a foot across! This can turn a simple walk through your yard into a treacherous journey. Look out for mole tunnels near sidewalks and driveways.

Rabbits

Where there is one rabbit, there are many. Some signs of rabbits include chewed plant leaves and vegetables missing from your garden. Also, they leave piles of round droppings wherever they go. Rabbits like to come out early in the morning as well as in the early evening, so keep your eyes open for a visit. I suggest you plant some items in your garden or yard that are distasteful to rabbits, such as yarrow, lavender, or black-eyed Susans.

Japanese Beetles

One Japanese beetle in your yard is no problem. But these insects travel in groups. Finding plants with numerous chew holes in the leaves is one sign that you have Japanese beetles. And a large, hungry group of them can leave skeletal plants in their wake.

Cutworms

If you think you have cutworms around your lawn, look for wilting plants and plants chewed through near the bottom of the stem. These pests feed on young plants and only come out at night. A group of cutworms can make their way through a large gathering of plants in a relatively short amount of time.

Squirrels

If you think that squirrels limit their activities to the treetops, think again. Some squirrels take on pest-like behavior by digging holes in a lawn to bury nuts. They are also known to dig holes in potted plants kept outdoors. Small holes in the lawn or your garden are signs that you've had a visit from a squirrel. You may even find a nut buried in the soil of the potted plant you keep on the patio!

Once you identify the pests, you can start figuring out what you can do to dissuade them from establishing permanent residence in your yard. Thanks for reading! - Alan

Topics: common lawn pests

 

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