Fall is a challenging time of year for lawn pests. Skunk, ground squirrels, insects such as the cinch worm, and an entire slew of other pests in all shapes and sizes are ready to take advantage of your soil. The most destructive are often squirrels – tree and ground varieties. So, what’s damaging your lawn?
Types of Lawn Damage
- Big holes and overturned sod – Generally, if there are holes and the sod is overturned, the pest is usually a skunk. Skunks like to dig up grubs in soft soil, and because lawns are watered often, the ground that supports the lawn is prime habitat for grubs. Squirrels can also dig up lawns, but generally, if you find the damage in the morning, it is a skunk. If you find the damage in the day, it is likely a squirrel. Skunks are nocturnal whereas squirrels are day-time pests.
- Small Holes in the Lawn – Little mounds of dirt or sand is likely caused by the cicada killer wasp. They dig small burrows in which they bury the cicada that they kill, which then feeds their offspring when their eggs hatch. In small numbers, they are not usually an issue, but on years when there are many cicadae, the population of wasps can be quite large and the damage more noticeable. Cicada killers are one of those pests that make you choose between the annoying cicada or the wasp. The wasp is quite large and not social. These are solitary wasps that do not usually bother people like the yellowjackets do.
- New Sod is rolled up – It seems odd, but when you lay sod down for a new lawn and find it neatly rolled up in the morning, the culprit is a raccoon. They like to roll up the sod to find the earthworms that are drawn to the surface due to the water. The good news is that you can roll out the sod and water the lawn without much damage.
- Dead Spots in the Lawn – There are a couple of lawn pests that cause dead spots. One of the worst lawn pests is the cinch worm. These are generally controlled by keeping the lawn’s soil at a consistent moisture level. There are many natural predators that will keep the cinch worms in check, but if the lawn becomes dry, those predators move elsewhere, and the cinch worm populations explode. There is also a chemical treatment for chinch worms. Dead spots in the lawn may also be a sprinkler issue.
If your lawn becomes damaged by pests, give us a call. Our experts can pinpoint the culprit and show the options for dealing with that pest. We offer affordable and comprehensive pest control services throughout the greater Austin Area.
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