It is a truth universally accepted that if you have a lawn, at some point you are going to have to work to rid it of pests that are doing it harm. Pests can leave unsightly stains on your otherwise beautiful lawn and if left unnoticed these can become large annoyances to rectify.
With this in mind, keep an eye out for the following signs that your lawn may have been visited on by some pesky uninvited guests:
If you’ve noticed small mounds of dirt shaped like volcanoes popping up on your lawn, this can be a sign that moles are burrowing tunnels beneath your lawn. Lawns that are over-watered are more likely to attract moles as the soil is easier for the moles to dig through.
There are many humane traps available to rehouse moles that are attacking your yard, and castor oil works as a natural mole repellent.
Brown patches and dying grass
If you can see small patches of your lawn that are starting to go brown or that have died altogether, this could well be a sign that pests are attacking the roots of your grass, causing the brown, dead patches.
Often, these patches appearing on your lawn are signs that your lawn has a problem with grubs. Grubs are what have been eating the grass roots, and these grubs can grow into more annoying pests, such as Japanese Beetles.
Too Many Birds
If you start to notice a high volume of birds hunting in your garden, or if you find your lawn is starting to get covered in holes, this is another sign of a potential pest problem. These birds are foraging for grubs underneath the surface of the lawn, and a lot of birds, or holes caused by their beaks, often means a lot of grubs as well.
If you find cracks or trails in your lawn, this may be a sign of voles that are wreaking havoc on your lawn. Usually these trails are sighted as spring begins and the voles retreat away from lawns that were hidden by snow towards brush and long grass.
One sure fire sign that your lawn has a pest problem is if you and members of your family keep noticing bite marks on your feet and ankles after walking through your lawn. If this is the case, it could be a sign of biting pests that you should take care of as quickly as possible.
Also known as the drench test, this can be a great way to see the level of infestation your lawn is dealing with. Simply sprinkle a gallon of soapy water onto a small patch, roughly 4 square feet wide, of your lawn.
After a few minutes, any bugs under the grass in that section will rise to the surface. If you notice a large number of bugs emerging, this is a sure sign that there’s a pest problem in your yard.
Visit Grasshopper Lawns for more information on how to keep your lawn healthy and pest free.