Chinch Bug Treatments

What is a Chinch Bug?

When it comes to keeping your lawn lush and healthy, knowledgeable action is your most important weapon. The sooner you become aware that a pest has begun feeding on your grass, the easier it is to deal with the problem. Among the most dangerous of pests are the ones that are hard to detect.

Chinch bugs are some the of most difficult of all. They are very dangerous to your lawn because they often go unnoticed. That is until it is too late. Chinch bugs mimic the effects of drought damage. Chinch bugs can attack your lawn for long periods of time before you even realize they are there. Lush Lawn offers the prevention, diagnostic, and extermination methods necessary to eliminate this threat. With our help, you can keep your lawn healthy for the long haul.

How to Spot Chinch Bug Damage

Chinch bugs are devastating and the damage they do looks similar to that caused by drought, making it hard for homeowners to tell the difference and respond appropriately.

Unlike with drought stress though, your grass will not recover when it rains if it has been damaged by bugs. You can also tell the difference by taking a close look at the edges of damaged areas. If you see nymphs, adult chinch bugs, and bug carcasses, you know the damage is due to infestation. Keeping your thatch to a minimum can also help reduce the risk of multiplying nymphs and adults.

Once you have identified chinch bug damage in your yard, the next step is to determine how severe the problem is. To do this, remove the bottom of a coffee can and push it into the patch of ground where you have noticed the damage. Within a few minutes, the bugs should make their way to the top of the can. If more than 15 insects appear within the first two minutes, the infestation is severe enough to require pesticide control methods.

Why Chinch Bugs are Bad News

Chinch bugs are harmful not only because they are hard to detect, but also because they deprive plants of vital moisture and nutrients. Chinch bugs drink the juice directly out of the grass stems.

Meanwhile, their saliva injures the grass, causing it to wither and turn brown. Worse still, these tiny terrors tend to concentrate in warm, sunny areas of the yard, which are the most likely to suffer from drought and heat stress. In this way, the insect’s compound damage from other sources with the stress of their own makes it difficult for your lawn to survive.

Types of Chinch Bug Treatments

Chinch bug control typically takes three forms:

Prevention- If your yard or others in the area have been attacked by chinch bugs in the past, the best strategy is to apply pesticides before they have a chance to infest your grass. By administering grub rate insecticides toward the end of May, you can kill these insects at an early stage, keeping your grass safe from all harm.

Chemical Extermination- Even if chinch bug invasion is already underway, there is still a chance to save your grass. By spraying insecticides in all areas of the yard that show signs of damage, you will kill the vast majority of chinch bugs and give your grass a chance to recover.​

Natural Competition- Besides killing chinch bugs with insecticides, you can also get rid of them by allowing predatory big-eyed bugs and other natural predators to eat them. This method is effective for controlling sparse infestations while having few of the negative effects of insecticide treatment.

The most effective treatment for bugs will depend on the severity of the problem and the specific characteristics of your yard. If the invasion is relatively small, you should let predatory bugs handle it. In this case, avoid spraying insecticides, as they may actually help the bugs spread by killing their big-eyed predators. A severe infestation may require chemical bug control measures.

Lush Lawn’s Comprehensive Insect Control

Lush Lawn has extensive experience dealing with chinch bugs and all other insect threats. We employ a variety of organic and traditional control methods, allowing you to choose the treatment that best serves your health and environmental needs.

Our team focuses on preventing and killing insect eggs and grubs, limiting the total amount of damage that comes to your turf.

We can also put a stop to more mature insect invasions, all while nourishing and watering your lawn. With our assistance, you’ll be able to keep your lawn healthy and beautiful for the long haul.

Don’t let chinch bugs ruin your lawn. Call Lush Lawn today for a free estimate.

Cutworm Lawn Treatment

What is a Cutworm?

If you’re noticing pencil-sized holes in your lawn, it may be the first sign of cutworms. There are few types of grass or plants that are safe from cutworms.

These small, prolific pests are a common problem in Southeast Michigan. They prey on local lawns and gardens at night, leaving serious damage by morning. The longer you let cutworms feast on your yard, the greater the threat becomes to your home gardening and landscaping efforts. This makes it essential to eliminate them as soon as possible.

Lush Lawn has extensive experience with cutworm and other larva control. With our help, you can identify a cutworm infestation early, quickly kill off the first line of pests, and take proactive control measures to prevent future problems.

Cutworms in Lawn

Cutworms are the larvae of a species of moth which hatch around common garden plants and feed on the stems. Despite their name, they are not actually worms, but rather a type of caterpillar.

Cutworms are either dull brown or grey in color and have soft, stout bodies. They tend to lie dormant during the day, but at night, they emerge from the soil and begin to feed. They focus on the stems of the plants they attack, gradually gnawing away at them until they cut the plants down entirely. They continue to attack garden plants until they mature into moths, at which point they cease to threaten your garden.

Another reason cutworms are a serious problem is because they do all their damage at night. Southeast Michigan homeowners often go to bed with a beautiful lawn or garden, only to wake up and find one or both are destroyed. If you allow this problem to continue, these insects can destroy as much as three-quarters of your plants in a single year. This makes it essential to take proactive steps that control and prevent cutworms from ever becoming established in your yard.

On top of that, there is a new species of cutworm called the winter cutworm in northern Michigan that overwinters in Michigan and causes its damage during the winter or early spring months.

Preventative Measures to Control Cutworms

As with most threats to your turf and garden, it’s better to prevent cutworms from ever attacking in the first place than to eliminate them after the fact.

You can control or stop an infestation before it starts by:

  • Getting rid of plant debris and weeds at the beginning of each planting season, as these can harbor cutworms.
  • Turn the soil at the end of each year so birds have a chance to eat any cutworms living in it.
  • Mow your grass close to the edge of the garden, as this will give cutworms less organic material to subsist on.
  • Create a bare soil barrier between your garden and any surrounding grass; this prevents cutworms from spreading and lets you spot the few that do spread.
  • Plant a little later in the spring, as cutworms spread most quickly during the very beginning of the growing season.
  • Surround your plants with pieces of cardboard, and work that cardboard into the dirt to block cutworms.

    Not only do these tips prevent cutworms from attacking, but they can bolster your plants against a range of other pests and diseases. Cutworm control is thus a valuable part of a holistic lawn and garden care strategy, providing a solid foundation for your yard’s enduring health.

    How To Kill Cutworms In Lawn

    As effective as these steps are, there is no foolproof way to prevent cutworm caterpillars from getting into your garden. This makes it important to have a backup plan for removing these insects if an infestation does manage to get going.

    Lush Lawn offers comprehensive cutworm control solutions, which involve:

    Yard Assessments– At the first sign of a cutworm problem, we will travel to your yard and assess it in detail. Not only does this help us rule out other sources of damage, but if you are dealing with cutworms, it lets us identify their exact locations. As a result, we will be able to eliminate them more quickly and precisely.

    Grub Killer Applications– Once we know where the cutworms are, we use safe, effective larva-killing products to eliminate them. We apply these products as precisely as possible in your yard, allowing us to destroy all hazardous insects while minimizing damage to other plants and the surrounding environment. Once we apply the products, you’ll need to water your lawn for about 60 minutes; after that, the insects should be gone within two days.

    Proactive Prevention– Having eliminated the current cutworm threat, our cutworm control team will take proactive steps to stop future larvae from attacking your yard. From removing weeds to carefully spacing new seedings, we leave few avenues for caterpillar attacks.

    Lush Lawn Larva Control

    Don’t leave your lawn vulnerable to one of the swiftest and most serious threats in Southeast Michigan. For more information on our larva control measures or to request a free estimate for your yard, contact Lush Lawn today.

  • Fighting Grub Worms

    Here in Michigan, there is a constant battle against turf-damaging insects and pests that are chewing and feasting on your lawn. Grub worms (aka white grubs) are the number one killer of turf in Southeast Michigan. Over the course of a season, if left untreated, grubs can transform your property from a beautiful lush lawn into a neighborhood eyesore. But no need to worry, our grub control treatments can help!


    What Is a Grub Worm?

    Grubs are the offspring of beetles that lay their eggs in the root system of your turf during the summer. These grubs hatch in late August/early September and begin feeding on the roots until the cold weather drives them two to eight inches deeper into the soil where ​lawn grubs overwinter. grub worm When warm weather arrives in the spring, the grubs move up from the lower soil regions and feed near the surface until they become mature and develop into beetles through early June.


    How Grubs Can Damage Your Lawn

    Grubs can cause extensive damage to your lawn for multiple reasons. Either they are feeding on the root system of your turf or the damage can come from other animals digging to feed on the grubs themselves. In the spring as the lawn greens up and you find that your lawn has some areas that are not turning green at all, that could be a sign of damage caused by grubs feeding on that area the previous fall.


    How To Check Your Lawn For Grub Worms

    You can check your lawn for grub worms in a couple of different ways. First, you can try lifting up the “dead “areas of turf that you see by grabbing a handful of grass. If it just lifts up and has no roots holding it down you will know grubs have eaten that area.

    You can also be on the lookout for animals coming into your yard (like birds, raccoons, and skunks). It could be that more they’re coming to your yard to dig in your lawn, looking for grubs to feed on.


    Grub Worm Prevention

    One of our most highly recommended services is our grub prevention treatment. We apply our grub control product in the summer to stop your grub problem before it even begins. To understand how this product works, you have to understand the Grubs life cycle. 

    Applying our grub control treatment in the summer between the time they begin mating and the time their eggs hatch prevents the next generation of grubs from existing in your lawn to being with. We guarantee this service for a full year!


    Grub Worm Killer

    If lawn grubs are already damaging your turf, don’t hesitate to call Lush Lawn right away.  Our grub killer application will stop them from doing any further damage. 

    We’ll do this by applying a curative grub application to your lawn which will eliminate active grubs in the soil. This is usually done in early spring or late fall and requires that you water your lawn for 60 minutes in the areas that we have treated. It will usually take up to 48 hours for grubs to die after this application has been completed.

    We recommend waiting at least a week before you do any kind of slit-seeding application to the affected areas. 

    This service is guaranteed for 60 days! So, if by some strange circumstance you still have grub worms damaging your lawn after we’ve treated it, we’ll return and reapply FREE of charge.

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