Everyone would love to have a
healthy, lush green lawn. Many of us work in our yards each
weekend trying to keep the weeds at bay and the occasional
fire ant infestation in check, but many of us are unaware of
the many insects that can live in the soil beneath our lawns
and the damage they can cause. There are also different
types of fungus that can attack our lawns causing the grass
As homeowners we need to stay on top of our lawns and look
for signs of problems. Finding problems and having the time
to deal with them however are two different things. Gillen
Pest Control is here to help you!
The Southern Cinch Bug displays a preference for St.
Augustine grass, which is the typical variety of grass in
our lawns. The Southern Cinch Bug thrives during the warm
summer months. If any of area of your St. Augustine lawn is
beginning to yellow and die, be on the look out for cinch
The adult cinch bug has a black body measuring about 6 mm in
length with wings that are white with a black spot on the
margins of the forewings. They have needle-like mouth parts
and feed by inserting their slender beak into the grass
blades and sucking the plant juices. As it sucks the juices,
it releases a toxin that causes yellowish, brownish patches
in the lawn.
White Grub (June
The beetle we refer to as June Bugs in our
area is actually the adult stage of the White Grub.
We commonly see these beetles flying around our
porch lights on summer evenings. These beetles are a
major lawn problem in our area. The adult June
Beetle emerges from the ground in late spring and
early summer to make and lay their eggs. The adult
beetles do not feed, so they only live a very short
time. The White Grub which is the larvae stage, feed
in the soil for the remainder of the summer and when
weather cools they dig deep into the soil to over
Fungus is an airborne transmitted turf disease. Brown
Patch and Fairy Ring are very common fungal problems in our
Brown Patch is a disease common to Bermuda and St. Augustine
grass. It starts as a small spot and can quickly spread
outwards in a circular or horseshoe patter up to a couple of
feet wide. Often times, while spreading, the inside of the
circle will recover leaving a brown resembling a smoke-ring.
Grass blades can easily be pulled from its roots because the
fungus destroys the tissue at the base of the grass blade.
Fairy Ring is caused by a number of species of
mushroom-forming fungi. The rings are formed by fungi that
inhabit the soil underneath the turf or thatch area. The
fungi break down the plant material or they cause a hardened
layer of soil above the areas of their active growth that
prevents water penetration into the soil which often causes
the sod to die.
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