Lawn Pests

“You’ve seen it; a dry patch on your lawn.  It starts out small but grows noticeably.  It’s in a part of the lawn that gets abundant sunshine and it’s like a sore spot that you see every time you pull into your driveway.  It looks like it needs water so you add water (or ask your lawn people to) but watering doesn’t help.  In fact, it seems like the more water you add the more the dry spot spreads.  That lush green carpet you’ve been trying to cultivate is starting to look like a South Dakota prairie.  The culprit is more than likely Chinch Bugs, small black insects with white, diamond-shaped patches on their wings.  When first noticed an application of a labeled insecticide can take care of the bugs, but act quickly before the bugs take care of your lawn. Since this is South Florida where bad things multiply quickly, those are not the only pests that treat our lawns as buffets:  Grubs show up mainly in spring and eat the roots, allowing the grass to be pulled easily from the soil; Sob Web Worms are a pest for newly established lawns and make the new sod look, well.  .  .  crappy, affecting density, color, and uniform blade height; Mole Crickets happily burrow and tunnel underneath lawns in all directions enjoying their meal of fresh, delicious grass as they go and leaving small mounds of soil behind. These are some of the pests common to South Florida lawns but there are also fungi that can also cause lawn damage.  The board thanks Ira Roth, Life Cycle Pest Control for furnishing the above information (which was shamelessly revamped) and for taking care of the common areas of the community (he also lives here).”