Lawn Insect Control and Tropical Sod Webworm Treatment

Get treatment for damaging lawn insects in the Houston area

Lawn insects can destroy areas on your otherwise healthy green lawn. Green Bee Lawn Care has chinch bugs treatment plans and tropical sod webworm treatment plans for your lawn.

Like so many lawn pests, these insects are best controlled when they are young, right after they have hatched. The key to controlling them is knowing the species and life cycle for your area. Insecticides also can work well when used near the surface, and some can even provide season-long protection if timed correctly. These treatments are best if they are professionally applied.

Lawn Disease - Fungus

Insect killer should be applied preventatively beginning in late spring and continue till mid-fall. Additionally, any time damaging insects are observed insecticides should be applied.

This depends on the type of insect killer being applied. It is always best to follow the label directions. In general granular insecticides will need to be watered in afterward to release the ingredients and activate them. Liquid insecticides need to maintain dry conditions until they have set.

If you are experiencing problems with lawn insects, request a quote to learn more about treatment options.

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Lawn Insect Identification and Control

How do I know if I have Chinch Bugs?

The southern chinch bug, Blissus Insularis Barber, is one of the most problematic insect pests of St. Augustine grass in Texas. It can be a problem anywhere St. Augustine grass is grown, causing the most damage in the Gulf Coast region and in the southern half of the state.

Chinch bug infestation typically occurs during the hot, dry months. Signs of chinch bug infestation include irregular patches of dead grass surrounded by a circle of yellowing grass. These patches are frequently observed in areas of the lawn that receive full sun. Chinch bug infestation may be confused with a brown patch or lack of moisture. Chinch bugs have sucking mouthparts that they use to suck the sap from turfgrass.

Chinch bugs are 1/6 to 1/5 inch long with black bodies. They have white wings with black triangles. Nymphs are wingless and are yellow or pinkish in color with light-colored bands around their backs.

To determine whether the lawn problem is chinch bugs, either pull back a layer of thatch or run your foot over the affected yellow area where it meets the healthy grass and watch for bugs to appear on your shoe.

Chinch Bug Damage

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How do I know if I have tropical sod webworms?

Sod Webworms are the larvae of lawn moths. They live in the root level of your lawn and munch up the leaves of your grass. There are several species of Sod Webworms in Texas but it is the tropical sod webworm that is the most damaging to our lawns. The adults are tan to brownish moths about ¾” in size. They hold their wings out alongside their body when at rest, giving them a triangular shape.

The adult moths do not feed on turfgrass but rather lay clusters of eggs on grass blades stems and thatch from which tiny caterpillars hatch in about a week. The larvae feed on the turfgrass blades primarily feeding at night. They then hide in the thatch during the daytime. (source Tropical Sod Webworms)

If your lawn has small dead patches in the spring that enlarge as the summer nears, you may have webworms. At the root level, you can see small white tubes made of silky web, but in the evening they usually make an appearance. They’re about ¼ – ¾ of an inch long, light brown with a black head.

Sod Webworm Damage

How do I know if I have armyworms?

Armyworm outbreaks are difficult to predict but infestations seem to occur in portions of the state every year especially after early fall rains. Common species of armyworms present in Houston, Texas include the fall armyworm, Spodoptera frugiperda; the yellowstriped armyworm, Spodoptera ornithogalli; the beet armyworm, Spodoptera exigua; and the true armyworm, Mythimna (=Pseudaletia) unipuncta. The fall armyworm is the insect that causes the most problems in golf courses and home landscapes.

When feeding, larvae strip foliage and then move to the next available food. High populations appear to march side by side to the new food; thus, the name armyworms. 

Armyworms attack many different kinds of plants. When food is scarce, they will move to plants that are not normally attacked. Thus, armyworms can be found on nearly any plant as they migrate in search of edible foliage. (source Armyworms in Turfgrass)

Army Worm Infestation

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