Good pest management is an all-season process. If, at any time through the year, you suspect these or other pests, or if you had a problem last year, prevention could be the key. Let the lawn care specialists at Golf Green Lawn Care & Landscaping save your turf and your wallet from these destructive insects.
Lawn & Tree Surface Insect Control
When surface insects are posing a threat to your landscape, you need the lawn care professionals of Golf Green Lawn Care & Landscaping. You've dedicated a lot of time and money to perfecting your lawn and landscape, so we'll make sure all that effort wasn't in vain by utilizing our superior and effective surface insect control treatments. Our insect control applications will keep your lawn healthy and beautiful throughout the season. As lawn care specialists, we highly recommend preventative applications. However, if insects have already invaded your lawn, we will quickly assess the problem and prescribe an effective lawn care regimen to get your turf back to optimal health.
Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is considered one of the most destructive forest pests ever seen in North America and have now been found in Sangamon County. EAB only attack species of North American ash trees. Universities and professionals are suggesting injecting your ash trees to protect them from EAB infestation. We use the only insecticide know to stop these pests! Once EAB infects your ash trees, it's too late to treat.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: EAB adult beetles are bright, metallic green and about 1/2 inch long with a flattened back. EAB adult beetles leave a small D-shaped exit hole in the bark when they emerge in Spring. EAB larvae create long serpentine galleries that weave back and forth across the woodgrain. Several woodpecker species feed on EAB larvae. Heavy woodpecker damage on an ash tree could be a sign of EAB infestation.
The Evergreen Bagworm is a moth that makes it's cocoon during it's larval life and infects arborvitae, juniper, pine, spruce, and other evergreen species. They get their name from the bag like cocoon they create from silk and bits of host foilage. Adult females cannot fly and never leave the bag that she constructed as a larva. Adult males are moth-like with furry black bodies and transparent wings. Bagworms have strong appetities and can damage or kill host trees if left untreated.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Look for pinecone looking "bags" on your evergreen trees.
Chinch bugs suck the plant juices from the leaves and stems of grass plants, especially in hot, dry weather.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Look for large, circular areas of yellowing grass.
These tiny bugs suck sap from your grass while injecting a poison. Mild winters and cool springs often bring them on.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Look for rust colored brown patches that begin in shady areas and spread to sunny parts of the lawn.
The boxelder bug is a North American species of true bug. It is found primarily on boxelder trees, as well as maple and ash trees.
The Japanese Beetle is a metallic-green beetle that's about half an inch long with bronze wing covers. It eats the leaves and fruit of hundreds of different plants, preferring those with tender leaves, such as linden trees.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Look for leaves that have been eaten.
Grub & Worm Control
These C-shaped, white or grey larva of beetles feast on the roots of your grasses, leaving nothing but dead turf behind. As seasoned lawn care veterans, we know exactly how to effectively combat grubs so they are no longer a nuisance or a health threat to your landscape. If grubs are left untreated, their feeding can prove fatal to your lawn, costing you hundreds of dollars in renovation costs. Furthermore, grubs are a food source for moles, another pest that can wreak havoc on your lawn.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Look for brown patches in late spring or dead patches that roll back like a carpet. Moles, skunks or raccoons in your yard can indicate a grub problem.
Sod webworms are caterpillars of moths that chew your grass just above the thatch line. They are one of the worst lawn pests, as they can cause extensive and unsightly damage to your turf. Not only do they create sporadic dead patches in your lawn, but they also make it easy for weeds to move in and take over.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Look for dead patches of 1 to 2 inches in late spring, among areas of normal grass.
Armyworms are caterpillar larve of the adult armyworm moth and are known to have devastating effects on both lawns and ornamentals. Armyworms get their name because they travel in small "armies", eating everything in their path. Their presence is often undetected by homeowners because they are more active at night. Our lawn care technicians are adept at quickly spotting any indication of armyworm activity and will apply the best treatments to effectively eliminate them from your landscape.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Look for an increase in the number of birds in your yard, as they eat the larvae. Also look for brown spots on your lawn.