As spring settles in across Ohio, the team at Lawn Plus LLC wants to ensure your lawns stay healthy and vibrant throughout the season. One of the key challenges many homeowners face during this time is dealing with various lawn pests that can wreak havoc on even the most well-maintained yards. In this blog post, we’ll highlight four common pests to be on the lookout for and provide tips on identifying and managing them effectively.

Common Pests to Watch Out for This Spring in Ohio

1. Grubs

Grubs are beetle larvae that feed on grassroots, leading to brown patches and weakened turf. They are particularly active during spring and fall. Keep an eye out for irregularly shaped dead or dying areas in your lawn, as these could be signs of grub activity. Consider applying a targeted grub control treatment if you notice increased bird activity or evidence of skunk or raccoon digging, as these animals often feed on grubs.

2. Chinch Bugs

Chinch bugs are small insects that suck sap from grass, causing yellowing and, eventually, brown patches. They thrive in hot, dry conditions, making them a common problem during Ohio summers. Watch for areas of stunted or discolored grass, especially in sunny spots. Proper irrigation and regular mowing can help prevent chinch bug infestations.

3. Moles and Voles

Moles and voles are burrowing pests that can damage lawns by tunneling and uprooting grass. They are often attracted to yards with abundant insect populations. Signs of their presence include raised ridges or tunnels in the lawn and areas of dead grass. Trapping and habitat modification are effective ways to control these pests.

4. Mosquitos

Mosquitos are annoying pests and potential carriers of diseases like West Nile virus and Zika virus. They thrive in standing water, making spring an important time to eliminate breeding sites around your property. Look for any areas of pooled water, such as clogged gutters, flowerpots, or birdbaths, and empty them regularly to prevent mosquitos from multiplying.

Tips for Prevention and Control

  • Regular Lawn Maintenance: Keep your lawn healthy with proper mowing, watering, and fertilizing practices.
  • Early Detection: Regularly inspect your lawn for signs of pest activity to catch problems early.
  • Professional Assistance: Don’t hesitate to reach out to Lawn Plus LLC for personalized pest management solutions tailored to your lawn’s specific needs.

By staying vigilant and proactive, you can protect your lawn from common pests and ensure it remains a lush, inviting space for outdoor enjoyment throughout the spring and beyond. If you have any questions or concerns about lawn care or pest management, feel free to contact our knowledgeable team at Lawn Plus LLC at (937) 839-5296.