What is Eating My Lawn?

December 15, 2016

It's no secret that Florida lawns have more than their fair share of pests While people in other parts of the country may only have a few pests to worry about, we're not as lucky here in the Sunshine State. Let's review a few of our "favorites" and the effects they can have on your property.

Sod Web Worms: If you have Bermuda grass then chances are you've experienced sod web worms in your lawn. The larval stage of a moth, these little pests are very destructive in the late summer and fall. Usually feeding at night, they can very quickly decimate your lawn, leaving ragged brown patches for you to discover in the morning.

Cinch Bugs: These are one of the most common found throughout Jacksonville, primarily because they love St. Augustine grass. Cinch bugs suck the fluids out of grass, leaving it brown and dry. You'll most often see damage in areas edged by concrete or where you have full sun and little moisture. Infestations are difficult to prevent and should be treated immediately. 

Southern Mole Cricket: These crickets are not as picky when it comes to destroying your lawn. Though they prefer Bahia and Bermuda grasses, they will eat just about anything. As their name implies, they burrow underground and eat the roots of your grass, quickly killing it.

Armyworms: Another root destroying pest, armyworms feed in the same way as mole crickets. The signs are the same as you'll see irregular brown patches appearing throughout your lawn. The easiest way to tell if you have an armyworm infestation is to grab a corner of your lawn and pull it back. If it rolls up easily and the roots are cut, you most likely have an infestation of these grubs.

If you suspect a lawn pest infestation on your property, contact Safari Termite Pest Control. We know how to handle every species and can get your lawn looking its best in no time.