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Lawn Insect Control

Lawn insects can be damaging

Clover Mites
During early to midspring, clover mites also may damage turfgrass around building foundations and in other warm, dry areas of a lawn. Feeding damage appears as small streaks in leaves – a higher population of mites will do heavy damage if not kill the leaves.

Sod Webworm and Grubs
Unhealthy, brown spots in your lawn are a sign that one of these two pests have made their home in your yard. Grub infestation is detected by pulling on damaged grass. If it pulls out easily with no roots attached, it’s likely grub damage. If it stays firmly attached, it is more likely sod webworm. An annual application of insecticide in late May or early June is the preferred way to treat a lawn with recurring grub infestations.

Denver Billbugs
Denver Billbugs are serious pests that live in turfgrass throughout parts of Colorado. They feed below ground and damage either the roots or the growing crown area of the plant. The best control for the Denver billbug is a spray applied in early June to kill adult insects prior to egg laying.

If you believe you have an insect infestation or disease on your property, contact Swingle today.

We also provide evaluations for Japanese Beetle grubs throughout the year. If treatment is necessary, additional charges will apply.

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DURING STATES OF EXTREME DRYNESS

Mites and Desiccation

February 2018 has been one of the warmest and driest on record. The unseasonably warm temperatures, combined with a lack of moisture can lead to desiccation on your lawn.

Desiccation is a state of extreme dryness, when water is lost at a faster rate than it’s replaced. This not only causes stress to the root system, but it also leaves your lawn more susceptible to mite attacks.

Lawn mites can be hard to diagnose to the untrained eye and are most active and damaging in the months of February, March, April and even into May. Homeowners often realize there’s an issue when patches of their lawn don’t appear to be greening up as the growing season progresses.

Because much of February has remained warm and dry, even a light snowfall will not eradicate the problem. Lawn mites have been provided the perfect conditions to survive in the root system, regardless of how much snow may be on top of them.

The best thing you can do to prevent mites from attacking your lawn is to water it during warm, dry conditions. A 30-45 minute watering, once a week, is sufficient during these times. Pay close attention to south and west facing areas of the yard especially near evergreen trees and shrubs, as they tend to dry out much faster.

Severe mite problems are best mitigated with a combination of strategic watering and Miticide applications, which Swingle offers. If left untreated, you might find yourself replacing part or all of your lawn come the spring.

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