Lawn Pests in Palm Beach, Broward and Martin County

Bugs are never in short supply. Literally, they are "everywhere you want to be". The group of lawn damaging pests, that includes insects and mites, are fascinating for its diversity and number of species. More than one million different species of these pests inhabit the world. However, there are only about 50 species that are considered turf-damaging. In a turfgrass environment, you may also find many types of insects, spiders or mites that do not cause damage to your lawn.

It has been estimated that the average insect population per square mile is equal to the total human population of the world. Of course, only a few insects cause significant damage to lawns. Lawn damaging insects can be divided into two main categories, surface feeding insects and sub-surface feeding insects. Examples of surface feeding insects are the Armyworm, Cutworm, Sod Webworm, Chinchbug and Greenbug Aphid. Subsurface feeding insects include Billbug Grubs and the various White Grubs.

If the turf looks damaged, wilted, and water-starved, then an insect may be involved. During root feeding, insect species that feed on roots detach the thatch and blades from the roots and permit the sod to peel off the soil without any root attachment. In addition, some insects defoliate or suck the grass blades. You must search in the blades and thatch to find these insects.

Blade defoliation damage appears as brown scars where the blades are clipped off by the insect. Blade sucking damage appears as brown lesions where the blade's sap was removed by the insect. Many times an area of turf is brown and damaged, but damaging insects cannot be found. Search for the insects along the margin of brown and green grass.

Insects and diseases pose two of the most serious threats to your lawn's health. As soon as you notice any abnormality in your lawn's appearance, a careful analysis must be conducted to gain an understanding of the problem by examining the specific damage symptoms and understanding their causes. We can make a reasonable diagnosis of the problem and select the proper treatment.