Maintaining a healthy lawn and landscape during the summer months can be challenging, not only because of the hot and humid weather but also because there are so many other obstacles trying to attack it. Landscape pests are significantly problematic for the next few months. There are many different pests that can affect your lawn and cause severe damage if they’re not caught in time.
Here are a few of the top landscape pests that we encounter at Massey Services on a regular basis throughout the summer months:
- Chilli Thrips: These insects were first detected in the state of Florida in 1991. They feed on the leaves of a wide variety of plants and shrubs, from ornamentals to orchard crops to field crops. Their feeding damage turns tender leaves, buds and fruits bronze in color. Damaged leaves curl upward and appear distorted.
- Chinch Bugs: Chinch bug activity can occur year-round. These pests feed on plant fluids and leaf sheaths, down in the thatch, and this feeding kills the grass plants and contributes to weed invasion. Damage may occur in open sunny areas near sidewalks and driveways but can also appear in the middle of lawns. The damage is often confused with drought damage, or early in the year, as frost stress. Chinch bugs are most active on warm, sunny days in mid-afternoon.
- Sod Webworms: Sod webworms are most active in July & August but with the warmer winter and wetter spring we’ve experienced this year, their activity has begun much earlier. These pests can cause significant damage to your lawn if it’s not stopped quickly. Their damage is caused by feeding on the grass blades and will appear as brown patches in your lawn.
There are many other landscape pests that can cause damage to your landscape so if you see issues in your lawn that you can’t identify, schedule a professional inspection right away.