Chinch bugs are small, fast and good at hiding. This video gives you a look at what to expect when looking for chinch bugs in the lawn.
Bugs in the Lawn Articles
Florida is ground zero for fleas - if you have a pet, you'll have fleas. So, I am often asked about fleas. Here is my response to a customer asking about flea control.
Grubs kill St Augustine turf by feeding on the roots. A turf without roots cannot take up water or nutrients and grub damaged turf appears water stressed and weak. Most often people think they have irrigation problems when in fact they have grub problems. The solution is preventing grubs, because once the damage is observed it is too late.
Chinch Bug season in Pinellas County is from the hot days of May until the cooler temperatures of October. It is the most dangerous time of the year for St Augustine lawns. Chinch bugs allied with a dysfunctional irrigation system can destroy a lawn in a week.
It is sod webworm season again – I can tell by all the phone calls asking about the moths in the lawn. The lawn moths are harmless but sod webworms can kill a lawn but more likely, they damage random areas. So, what to do about sod webworms?
In our area, during summer months it is not uncommon to see the little white moths darting about a foot or two above the turf – especially in the shady areas and at night. Theses lawn moths do NO damage to your lawn – yes they are a nuisance but they absolutely do no damage to the lawn. But that is only half of the story.
You are walking along fiddling with your phone and BAM!, you walk into a caterpillar hanging by a silk like thread from an Oak tree – not exactly a highlight of your day. What are these aerial assault caterpillars and are they a problem to you or the tree?