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Lawn Pests

What’s eating your lawn? Certain insects can be very harmful to your lawn. Find out who they are.

WHITE GRUB

This is a fat, white worm-like insect with three pairs of legs next to the head. In adult form, you’ll see beetles crawling around. The eggs that these beetles lay in the soil, turn into the grubs, which will stay in the soil until they die. During their life cycle, which can be anything from a few months to a few years, the grubs feed on the roots of plants in your garden, including the roots of your lawn. When the root system of a plant is destroyed, the plant cannot survive, which means that these guys can completely destroy your lawn if they’re not treated. To test if you have grubs, lift a piece of grass and dig into the soil to reveal the roots. Do this in a few different areas.

MOLE CRICKET

These brown crickets can often be found in your swimming pool, but you’ll also notice little holes in your lawn as they dig tunnels in the ground. You might also hear them at night when they make loud screeching noises - not like the normal cricket. Heavily infested lawns also tend to feel spongy underfoot. Mole crickets tend to be very active during spring and summer when they lay eggs and their young hatch. During winter they usually burrow themselves deep into the soil. If left untreated, these guys can utterly destroy your lawn with their tunnels and by feeding on your lawn, so get us to come and have a look if you suspect infestation.

LAWN CATERPILLAR

These greenish brown caterpillars appear via eggs laid by lawn moths -a small, light brown moth that can often be seen fluttering on the lawn surface. The caterpillars live just below the soil surface of lawns and are very active at night when they feed on blades and top growth of grass causing large yellow patches. They usually appear early to late spring and can cause great damage to lawns in a very short amount of time as they are ferocious eaters. Without rapid and proper treatment, lawn caterpillar can cause great damage to your lawn, so don’t wait if you suspect infestation. Also note that one can often have a few cycles of lawn caterpillar on one’s lawn within one season, so it’s best to keep an eye out for them.

HARVESTER TERMITES  

These colonies live underground, so you might not always see the termites. In some instances, these colonies can be as big as 1m (diameter) x 8m (depth) with tunnels and nest underground. They can also cause great damage to lawns, flowers and vegetable patches as they cut these into small pieces that they carry into their nests for food. They have the ability to destroy a lawn in a very short amount of time and need to be treated immediately.

MOLES  

Lawns are ideal breeding and feeding areas for lawn insects such as white grub, mole cricket and earth worm, which moles feed on. If you have any of these insects, chances are good that you might get a mole as well, especially if you live next to open or wooded areas. Moles usually damage lawns by pushing tunnels underneath the soil, which is harmful to the root system of your lawn. Their mole hills are also very unsightly on a lawn, so its best to keep them off your lawn and in your flower beds at least. We prefer not to kill moles as they help to keep insects under control, so we’ve developed an organic mole repellant that helps to keep them at bay.