There are many types of bugs in Texas that greatly impact the growth and presentation of your lawn. In this blog, we are going to take the time to talk about the big 3. Thankfully there have been several successful methods developed which prove to be a highly effective solution when dealing with, or preventing, these pests. It may take some effort, but no one wants to see the yard they work hard to upkeep go to an inevitable waste. If a pest infestation gets out of control, it is important to request the services of a professional. However, if you follow these tips, you may just be able to keep your lawn healthy and green without the fear of an infestation or the cost which can follow.

Ants

This six-legged insect is the most common pest on the list, and are annually a huge issue for thousands of Texas homeowners. The gargantuan number of some ant colonies can end up posing structural threats to your home, let alone damage to your lawn. Ants typically have queens and drones that you may never even see, as they live underground. They choose to build colonies in dry areas with tons of direct sunlight. Messy lawns are perfect for ants to hide and build nests in.

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Fire Ants 

 Are the main concern when it comes to invasive ant species in Texas. These ants are aggressive and multiply to outrageous numbers. Fire ant mounds are easy to spot, however, a colony of ants may live beneath the surface for a long time before the mound becomes visible. 

How To Treat Ant Problems

For the fast & effective removal of most ant nests, 3 gallons or more of boiling water poured directly into the mound will do the trick. This method is best done after a rainstorm, but in certain situations, the colony has spread too far and a professional is the only way to get back to normal!

Chinch bugs 

These small, white-winged bugs hide well and feed upon the stem of the grass leaves. They suck the sap out of the grass and leave it yellow, discolored, and dead.

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How To Treat Chinch Bug Problems

These pests typically won’t cover every inch of the yard, so do your best to find the affected area by flooding out the bugs with a mixture of soap & water. Usually, if chinch bugs are abundant they will begin to float up to the surface of the soapy water. Do this in several places, mark off the area and treat that specific area with a local pesticide, not the entire yard. Only after the affected area of the yard is treated fully should you begin to repair the grass damage. If you over treat your lawn in attempts to kill these bugs you can seriously damage the grass and the ecosystem of helpful bugs and organisms.

White Grubs 

These subterranean pests eat the root of the grass below the plant and stay a few inches deep in the soil where the grassroots are most prominent. Grubs aren’t a typical lawn disaster as far as infestations…but can do significant damage if not treated. You can spot the presence of grubs in your soil by locating oddly shaped patches of weak or dying grass or by checking to see if your grass pulls up easily and rolls up like a carpet. This is a sign of a damaged root system caused by grubs feeding habits.

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How To Treat Grub Problems

As far as grub control, nematodes are probably the best non-chemical grub deterrent, these microscopic worms can be applied to your lawn with certain hose attachments which are available at your local hardware store. These products have to be applied in a fairly specific way to be most effective, so be sure to read the instructions carefully. If pesticides are the only answer, maybe choose to call a professional to ensure the proper use of these products and to guarantee effective control of the infestation. 

Fight Back With Intelligent Plant Planting

Certain flora can work as a sort of companion with your other plants. By using certain plants’ inherent defensive traits you can help your fruit-bearing and flowering plants gain some much-needed protection. Subterranean plants like garlic and/or herbs like lavender, mint, and rosemary have a powerful scent that drives away insects and prevents them from laying eggs or nesting near or on your plants.

If you are reading this blog it is likely to assume you have an insect issue troubling your lawn. The above-mentioned tips can help you fight through most issues, but professionals are here for a reason. Sometimes, as if for no reason at all, pests can become unmanageable, and there is little left to do other than call us to help get you on the right path with your landscape installations. We take lawn care and design very seriously and we know what it feels like to want to have a perfect summer yard all season long, so let us help you meet that goal today!