As you begin preparing your lawn for spring, one of the most important things to look out for will be lawn pests. No matter how meticulous you are in your lawn maintenance, an infestation can ruin all your hard work.
Knowing how to identify and prevent common New Jersey lawn pests is the first step in protecting your lawn spring. Here are the lawn pests you will want to watch out for as the weather begins to warm up, and what you can do to protect your lawn while preventing them from ever coming back!
Armyworms are #1 on the list because they prefer the cool, crisp spring weather. This means they will be one of the first pests to attack your lawn when spring begins. So be ready!
Armyworms vary in color but are generally a light green/light brown. The easiest way to identify them is by the brown stripes that run along the top and sides of their body. They feed on fresh grass, which can result in large, brown patches spread throughout your lawn.
Similar to armyworms, billbugs feed on the grass stems. Their larvae, however, are an even bigger threat to your lawn because they feed on the grass’ roots. This will cause serious damage to your lawn (usually in random patches).
As a part of the weevil family, the billbugs long snout makes them relatively easy to identify. Their larvae look very similar to a grub, but they have a dark orange/brown head and a shorter body (less than half an inch).
Greenbug (wheat aphid)
The Greenbug is especially dangerous in the early spring months because they are nutrient sucking pests. They will feed on the grass blades, stealing nutrients, which are needed for the warmer spring days and hot summer days.
Living up to their name, these pests have a green body with a dark, black or brown antenna. They also have a dark green streak going down their back which can be used for easy identification.
Fleas and Ticks
While fleas and ticks don’t pose a threat to your lawn, they do pose a threat to you, your family, and your pets. Be sure to check yourselves, and your pets each time you’ve been outdoors, especially if you’re in a wooded area where these pests are most commonly seen.
The best way to protect your lawn from these pests, while preventing them from making a return is to call the professionals at Elements Lawn and Pest. Our perimeter pest control service is designed to not only keep these pests out of your home, but to keep them out of your lawn and landscape as well!
Give us a call today at (856) 375-1340 to hear more about our barrier pest control program and how we can help you protect your home from these pests, all year long!