How to Evict Lawn Insects and Pests

Submitted on July 25, 2017

Canadians are lucky that most insects on our home soil are relatively harmless, when compared to some other regions in the world.  However, if certain bugs aren’t taken care of quickly, they can cause significant damage to lawns.

John Ladds, Operations Manager at Weed Man Canada, offers expert advice on how to spot these uninvited guests: “There are still many pests here in Canada—from minor nuisances to complete lawn killers—and while the treatment options are different depending on the region, the signs of infestation are universal.”  Ladds recommends keeping a close watch on fast-growing brown spots or areas that appear to be dug-up. Either of these scenarios suggest an insect of some kind is causing damage. 

Experts suggest that most pests in Canada can be classified as either a threat to the lawn's surface, or its sub-surface.  Telltale signs of the former will include individually damaged (chewed) blades of grass, while the latter is evidenced most often by discoloured patches, as this damage occurs from the ground up.  Also, animals may damage (or dig-up) areas of grass, indicating that they think there's a tasty bug or grub underground. No matter the signs of lawn infestation, there are treatments available for homeowners.

To deal with an existing infestation, Ladds recommends engaging professional help as soon as possible.  A consultation is free and can easily determine the type of pest inhabiting your lawn, as well as the proper treatment.  Weed Man Canada, for example, offers solutions that can remedy a sick lawn quickly.

So how can you avoid insects in the first place?  Ladds recommends making your lawn less hospitable.  The ideal environment for most of these pests is a dry, over-grown, thatch- or weed-riddled lawn.  The goal of proper lawn maintenance is to maximize access to everything your lawn needs: water and nutrients, sunlight and oxygen.  Strong mowing and watering practices can accomplish much of this, but a good professional check-up, including fertilization, aeration and seeding can go a long way to keeping your lawn healthy.

Healthy, hydrated lawns not only experience less infestation, but also have a better chance at fighting off insects trying to settle in. It is also easier to spot the signs of lawn insects and pests on a healthy, unencumbered lawn. Oftentimes, a speedy diagnosis and treatment from the professionals can save homeowners from a drawn-out, summer battle. 

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