Turf Damaging Insects

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Common Insects We Help Get Rid of:
Insect 1
White Grubs
These are the larvae of beetles like the Japanese, May / June beetle, Oriental, Asiatic garden, European chafer, and masked chafer.

They are C-shaped species that feed on the fibrous roots and thatch of turf. They breed during the spring and fall. An infestation of 6 to 10 grubs can cause grave damage to the turf, resulting in large brown areas of dead grass that can be peeled like a carpet.

The fully grown larvae measure around 1/2" to 3/4" long and can be identified by raster (hair) pattern at the tip of their abdomen when looked through a hand lens. This insect can be easily controlled immediately after the egg hatches in mid-summer.
The Life Cycle of Typical Annual Grub Species
Insect 2
European Crane Fly
European crane flies (Tipula paludosa), also known as leather jackets during the larval stage, are an invasive insect that have become established in the northwestern United States, eastern Canada, and New York. Crane flies look like large mosquitoes but exploit a different ecological niche and do not bite humans.

Crane flies are most problematic to the turf grass industry, especially on golf courses. This is because the flies lay their eggs in the soil for larvae to feed. Tipula paludosa, as well as Tipula oleracea, are exotic European crane flies that are present in New York.
These are the larvae of large, hairy, nocturnally flying moths. The most common species are the black and bronze-colored cutworm. The adult moths lay eggs throughout the summer. The newly born cutworm starts feeding immediately and generally feeds at night.

They can chew down grass stems near the crown, leaving behind green pellets on excretion. Starlings and blackbirds feed on cutworms, armyworms, and sod webworms.

To get rid of a cutworm infestation, sprinkle a solution of 1 tablespoon of detergent with a gallon of water on the soil surface. This solution will expose the larvae almost immediately which in turn will help to identify the worm population.
Insect 4
These green-gray worms have two brown stripes on their heads. The fall armyworm can be identified by a white inverted "Y" marking on the front of its head. They initially hide in the thatch during the daytime and feed at night.

The larvae feed on grass blades and stems, moving across the turf. The diagnosis procedure is the same as that of webworms and cutworms – using soap solutions.
Insect 5
Sod Webworms
These are small, beige-colored adult webworm moths that start flying over your lawn during the dusk in the early summer months. Lawn owners in Florida can witness the sod webworms around the year. They lay eggs that hatch within 7 to 14 days.

These worms are tan to gray colored with dark, circular spots over their bodies. The larvae build tunnels in the thatch, feeding on grass stems and leaves during the night.

Sod webworm growth can be identified by brown, spotted areas where the grass can be easily pulled up. Birds feeding on the soil and green pellets in the thatch also indicate sod webworm infestations.
Insect 6
Chinch Bugs
These insects feed on the juices of the cool and warm season grasses, including St. Augustine and bermudagrass. Their feeding activity continues throughout the warm temperatures. They inject saliva into the leaves and stems, causing the plant to turn yellow and then brown.

The hot, dry, and sunny weather conditions are favorable for the growth of chinch bugs. The adult bugs are about 1/2" long with white wings folded over its black-colored body. They produce up to 2-3 generations every year.
Insect 7
Billbugs cause severe damage to turfgrass, especially bluegrass billbugs during the winter. The hunting billbugs feed on the zoysia grass in your lawn. The adult bugs remain active during the early spring, laying eggs in the stems and sheaths.

The dead grass resulting from the damage caused by billbugs can be easily pulled away from the crown, revealing hollow stems with sawdust "frass" in the damaged areas.

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