Why is keeping a beautiful green summer lawn so difficult in Florida? We get plenty of sunshine and rain! If this sounds like you, you may have a pest problem. Two of Florida’s most notorious summertime lawn pests are webworms and chinch bugs— and they thrive here in our hot, humid, Orlando summers. When you start seeing patches of dead grass around your yard, it’s time to call the best pest control Orlando has to offer: Sterling Pest Control. Learn everything you need to know about these pesky bugs and what this Oviedo pest control company can do to help you get rid of them. Call to schedule an inspection!
What You Need To Know About These Pesky Summer Bugs
Chinch bugs and sod webworms thrive in similar environments, during similar seasons, and effect similar types of damage. However there are a few distinctions you should be aware of. Let’s start with the chinch bug. While both of these pests leave patches of dead grass in your yard, they do so in different ways. The chinch bug feeds at the base of the grass blades but does not consume the leaf itself; instead, it sucks out the sap at its base. That is why the grass turns a yellowish-brown color. Chinch bugs feed in groups, so the damage is thorough and often spreads quickly. That is why chinch bugs are harder to eradicate.
Sod webworms, meanwhile, are actually turf caterpillars that later become the small, tan moths you see flying around tall grass. The sod webworm is the larval stage of the bug, which feeds on the grass in two different stages: the younger larvae only eat the upper portions of the grass blade, but as they grow bigger, they eat further down to the root, or even the whole thing. That is why many people do not notice sod webworms until it is too late and their lawn is patchy and dying.
Take Care of Them With the Best Pest Control Orlando Offers
Identifying the telltale signs of chinch bugs and sod webworms is easy enough, but you’ll probably want an expert out to your lawn to be sure, and to create a treatment strategy for you.
Both thrive in the peak summer months of June through August, and the easiest identifier is patches of dead grass. Sod webworm damage is also marked by shorter, lighter green grass. The best way to treat both of these pests, however, is roughly the same: chemical insecticides to target the bugs themselves, and then proper amounts of mowing, fertilization, and irrigation will help keep your yard healthy, and the bugs at bay in the future.
Sterling Pest Control has nearly 30 years of experience removing these pests, summer after summer, leaving healthier, green yards for our clients. We know the best maintenance methods for every type of grass, and which insecticides treat better than others. That’s why we’re highly trusted for Oviedo pest control.
Contact Oviedo Pest Control
Get back your lawn with the best pest control Orlando has to offer, from Sterling Pest Control! The peak of summer is just around the corner, so now is the best time to get your yard treated and start setting in those healthy lawn habits. Call now!