What is lawn insect damage?
Lawn insects can be the cause of residential lawn damage in Brookhaven, GA and certain species maybe the single cause of damage or kill turfgrass. Insect feeding can cause grass to turn yellow or brown or die, especially if the grass is already stressed. Damage begins in small and unnoticeable, then scattered patches, which may merge into large dead areas. However, lack of proper cultural care and use of inappropriate grass species in a particular location are much more likely to cause unhealthy or dying lawns than insects so it takes a little more investigation. Vertebrate predators such as skunks, raccoons, wild pigs, and birds may be attracted to turf infested by insects, especially white grubs in autumn, and cause further damage by uprooting grass in search of their prey. Disease-causing pathogens, excessive or inappropriate use of chemicals such as fertilizers and herbicides, and dog urine also produce damage resembling that of insects. So before taking any insect control action, be certain insects are causing the damage and not something else and that the insect pest is present in life stages susceptible to control actions. Please give us a call at 770 679-5579 for a free lawn analysis. We service the Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, and Dunwoody, GA area in Metro Atlanta.
What types of insects causes damage?
Insects damage in Georgia lawns include various root-, crown-, and leaf-feeding caterpillars; grubs, which include the larvae of beetles such as the masked chafers (white grubs); billbugs, which are weevils with white, grublike larvae; and chinch bugs, which are true bugs in the order Hemiptera. Leafhoppers may occur in lawns, sometimes causing yellowing of leaf blades; but they rarely occur in numbers justifying treatment. See the UC Guide for Healthy Lawns for help in identifying features of key lawn insect pests. Each species produces somewhat different damage symptoms and must be managed differently.
Many other insects may be observed while examining grass. Common insects include fire ants, ground beetles, beetles, and moths. Other common arthropods that are primarily decomposers and do no significant injury to turfgrass include springtails and millipedes.
A thorough inspection and recommendation of how to handle your lawn when it doesn't look as healthy as it use to it would be best to find an a professional to identify your problem. Servicing your lawn the right way is our #1 priority. Servicing Brookhaven, Chamblee, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, and Tucker, GA.