How to Protect Your Houston Lawn from Damaging Insects
Did you know that wet seasons can make your should-be lush lawn more hospitable to damaging bugs? Even with a rainy fall and spring, Houston area lawns could be suffering. While July and August should be all about the drought and heat, we have bugs to deal with too! Chinch bugs, grubs, and fire ants can feast on your lawn, but there are a few steps to take for prevention. Here is how:
Chinch Bug Prevention
Chinch bugs LOVE St. Augustine grass, but they have been known to wreak havoc on centipede, zoysia, and Bermuda too. They only live for about seven to eight weeks, but, with our warm weather, there can be five generations of them in a single year.
If you have irregular patches of yellow grass, you could have chinch bugs. They like the dry and hot areas of your turf. The best method of stopping them is to use an insecticide for control, following the label carefully.
Grubs are super gross and they’ll destroy your lawn from the roots up. Grubs are the larval stage of what will later become a plant-eating beetle. But to develop out of the larval stage, they eat the root systems in your lawn. If this is happening to you, you’ll likely see weakened or dying grass in irregular shapes.
Find an insecticide that works for grubs and follow the application instructions carefully.
Prevention is key with fire ants. Once they create a mound there can be as many as 200,000 stinging, biting, aggressive ants inside. We recommend fire ant bait on your entire lawn before you do anything. If you have a mound already, treat that a few days after you spread it on your entire lawn. The process should help prevent them from simply moving their mound to a new spot in your yard.
Use fire ant bait regularly to keep fire ants at bay.
Pro Tip: Lawns that are over-watered are very attractive to all types of insects. Make sure your irrigation system is set to only water your lawn as needed. Make sure your rain sensor is working and that your system has no leaks that could cause wet areas attracting insects.
Call our expert irrigation team today if you have any concerns about your sprinkler system schedule. We offer a free inspection so you can rest easy.