Insect problems, like diseases, are more apt to develop when conditions are the most favourable. As the weather warms up, insect activity and populations will increase. Your first and best line of defence against these pests is to provide optimal growing conditions for your lawn as a healthy lawn is your best approach against insect damage. The objective is to cultivate a thick, healthy lawn which isn't overly attractive to pests as either food or as a habitat. Being more resilient - lush and healthy lawns are also better equipped to survive the inevitable foraging of insects. If you think that you may have an insect or pest infestation, contact Great Lakes Lawn Care for a free lawn analysis and quote. We will diagnose the problem and make recommendations concerning next steps. Please find below some fast facts concerning some of the more common insects that can put the health of your lawn at risk.

A FEW FACTS ABOUT GRUBS

  • The best time to treat for grubs is in August to October with an application of beneficial Nematodes (if there is a history of infestation).
  • White grubs feed on the roots of grass.
  • It is not effective to treat in the spring time because the grubs are too mature (they have already done their damage the previous fall).  They will eventually develop into June bugs or European Chafer beetles in May/June and vacate the lawn.
  • It is very common to have parts of the lawn dug up in the early spring and fall by skunks and raccoons in search of food.  This does not necessarily indicate a grub problem, as they will eat dead and dying grubs as well as other organisms in the lawn.
  • Our experienced technicians and managers can inspect a lawn to see if control measures are warranted and recommend treatment if required.

A FEW FACTS ABOUT CHINCH BUGS

  • Chinch bugs are black with white wings and measure less than of an inch at maturity.  The wingless nymphs are red with one white band across their backs.
  • Chinch bugs feed on grass blades and suck the fluid out of the blade.
  • Chinch bugs are most active in the hot summer months and the first sign of an infested lawn is a yellow patch that gradually expands, turns brown and dies.  Grasses that grow in full sun or are drought-stressed are most susceptible to infestation.
  • Our experienced technicians and managers can inspect a lawn to see if control measures are warranted and recommend treatment if required.

A FEW FACTS ABOUT LEATHERJACKETS

  • The damage to lawns is caused by the larval or grub stage. Due to their leathery grey-brown skin, they are commonly referred to as Leatherjackets.
  • In its adult stage, it is known as the European Crane Fly and their large mosquito-like appearance is easy to identify and appears in late summer in large numbers.
  • The female can lay up to 280 shiny, black eggs in the grass or soil. The eggs hatch within two weeks and the larvae begin feeding. Between August and May they feed at the soil level on roots and seedlings almost continuously.
  • During the colder periods of the winter, they burrow deeper into the soil where they are better able to survive frost and flooding. As the temperatures moderate in the spring time, they will rise to just below the soil surface to resume feeding.
  • Lawn damage first appears as brown patches that soon become bare if infestations are heavy.
Our experienced technicians and managers can inspect a lawn to see if control measures are warranted and recommend treatment if required.