In Texas, we are blessed with warm, sunny weather for most of the year. This allows us to enjoy our yards and outdoor spaces. Unfortunately, our comfortable climate isn’t only loved by locals and tourists but also pests. Lawn pests can turn our pristine landscapes into a warzone. As with any lawn problem, identifying them early is essential to saving your lawn from permanent damage. Here is a list of the most common and destructive lawn pests found in Texas.
Armyworms are hungry creatures with an appetite for a number of crops such as corn, peanuts, soybeans, and lush green lawns. Armyworms are most prevalent in the fall when they begin their destructive march across your lawn, leaving behind a path of destruction in the form of dead grass.
Grub are those small, white, C-shaped worms you occasionally find in your gardens and flower beds. These worms are the larvae of June bugs, and before they reach adulthood and emerge, they will continuously feed on the roots of your grass. To test for grubs, pull up a chunk of sod and see how many grubs there are. If there are more than a dozen within a square foot, then you have a problem. Grub problems often get worse each year as each new generation of grub hatches and feeds. If you notice a grub problem, it is essential to consider a grub control program before too much damage is done.
Chinch bugs are tiny insects that feed on the blades of your grass, sucking the water out of them and killing them. Chinch bug damage may look like drought damage, but no matter how much water the area it will not green-up. Damage appears as circular patches of dead grass. As the insects feed on the inside outward, the circles will grow larger, leaving behind large patches of dead grass.
Fire ants are an invasive species that have become a huge nuisance in Texas. Not only are they a menace to humans, but they are also a menace to your yard. Their mounds can cover and kill patches of grass and can damage lawn mower blades if you aren’t careful. Their painful stings remind us right away how they got their name, and they don’t care if you’re a pet, adult, or child, they will attack with the full force of the colony if they are disturbed. In single queen colonies those numbers can be anywhere from 500,000 ants to over a million in just one acre of land. It is extremely difficult to rid your yard of fire ants. You can kill 99% of the colony with pesticide but if the queen lives they will come right back. That’s why it is crucial to leave fire ant control to the professionals.
At Gro Lawn, we have over 20 years of experience dealing with Texas lawn pests. If you suspect your yard is infested with a destructive insect, don’t hesitate to call the pros at Gro Lawn.
We don’t just defend your yard from invasive pests. We also protect your home with our perimeter pest control program.
Call us at (817) 447-7711 or request a free estimate here. Check out our monthly blog for more lawn care tips. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter and check out our YouTube channel for helpful videos on lawn care, tree care, and more!