Pests are a common feature in our everyday lives and must be treated using various techniques and approaches—from crop and plant pests to indoor pests, among others.
How to Get Rid of Yard Bugs
In this article, we take a look at bugs in the grass. There’s a long list of these kinds of pests.
While there are beneficial bugs, there are those that cause damage to your lawn by chewing on grass blades or simply sucking the sap, amongst other issues.
Some other bugs, like fleas, lie in wait to hop on the nearest suitable host that passes by. This can be very frustrating.
Types of Bugs in Grass
As mentioned earlier, there are lots of bugs that can affect your lawns.
These include chinch bugs, siphonophores, mole crickets, beetles, Japanese beetle, armyworms, fall armyworm, cutworms, fleas, sod webworms, fiery skippers, leafhoppers, and froghoppers.
More bug types found in grass include blister beetles, mealybugs, whiteflies, thrips, larvae, scale insects, scarabs, and weevils.
Billbugs, ants, and spittlebugs are more grass bugs in grasses. So, are all of these destructive? Not necessarily? However, the main focus is on the wrong types.
Active Treatment and Prevention of Bugs in Grass
When it comes to finding lasting solutions to bug problems, two broad approaches are employed. These help deal with existing conditions while also serving to prevent future infestation.
Active treatment and preventive strategies have been provided to help you overcome your bug problems.
i. Active Treatment of Bugs in Grass
Having persistent bugs are presence on your lawn, it’s necessary to take urgent steps toward resolving the problem. Now, there are multiple steps you can adopt.
These include calling for professional help, making a shampoo bug spray, sprinkling garlic powder, and using the lemon-scented spray.
Another treatment strategy for bugs in grass includes using garlic, onion, & pepper spray. These approaches help to kill bugs while also saving your lawn from further damage.
So, how are these treatments prepared and applied? Let’s take a brief look at each of the strategies mentioned.
ii. Calling for Professional Help
Whenever you notice unnatural patches on your lawn, it’s likely due to the presence and destructive action of bugs. One of the easiest ways to deal with the problem is by calling for professional help.
Pest control services offer solutions to pest issues, including bugs in grasses.
A technician comes around to inspect and determine the cause of the problem. After such inspection, an appropriate treatment strategy is applied to eliminate the problem.
For best results, carefully choosing who gets called for the job is essential. Customer reviews provide helpful guides to the best pest control services.
iii. Making a Shampoo Bug Spray
If you like to combat your bug issues yourself, then some guidance will be in order.
One strategy that has proven effective is the use or application of shampoo bug spray. To make this spray, you’ll need two ingredients; baby shampoo (preferably gentle baby shampoo) and water.
Add a teaspoon of baby shampoo to a gallon of water, mix this solution, and then have an insecticidal soap. This is safe to apply to grasses or lawns and on ornamental plants, trees, and vegetables.
Apply after the sun goes down to have the most impact. This kills bugs and also serves as a repellent.
iv. Sprinkling Garlic Powder
Garlic is another excellent ingredient that can combat bugs in grasses.
Like other methods discussed, this is natural, hence utterly safe around kids and pets. Now garlic is known for its strong scent, which gives it the repelling effect required to drive away bugs.
What more? The added benefit of garlic is that it keeps mosquitoes at bay.
All you need is about a pound or two of dry granulated garlic to be applied over 1,000 square feet. Have this evenly sprinkled and possibly repeated a few times.
Another option you have is to make a solution of garlic with water. This is sprayed on the lawn to wet the grasses. Before long, your bug issues would be a thing of the past.
v. Using Lemon-Scented Spray
A bit more caution is necessary when using this treatment technique due to one of the ingredients (ammonia) used. A cup of lemon-scented dish soap is mixed with lemon-scented ammonia to create a potent bug killer and repellent.
Now you’ll need a sprayer for practical application. Empty this mixture into a hose-end sprayer and have it set to 20 gallons. Have the affected areas of your lawn drenched with the solution.
Keeping kids and pets out of the area is essential until it gets dried. Also, avoid breathing in the fumes due to ammonia content.
vi. Making Garlic, Onion & Pepper Spray
A combo treatment with garlic, onion, and pepper makes for a highly potent bug killer and repellent. Bugs in grass stand no chance against this treatment.
Here, about two small onions and two garlic bulbs should be blended. Two teaspoons of cayenne pepper are added to the mixture, followed by about 2 quarts of water.
The mixture isn’t applied immediately but can sit for about an hour or more.
Strain the mixture and pour the solution into a spray. Some dish soap helps to give the mix the extra punch it needs to rid your lawn of bugs.
vii. Preventive Treatment for Grass Bugs
Having successfully contained your bug problem, you’ll need to prevent future infestation.
This is where preventive control kicks in. There are several ways to go about bug prevention. Such include sprinkling grass seed in thin areas in spring and fall.
Other ways to keep bugs out of your grasses include infrequent deep watering. The sprinkler should be made to run slowly to allow for better absorption.
Are your lawnmower blades sharp? They should be. Avoid removing more than one-third of the grass’s height when using your mower.
Lawn aeration performed annually is another critical strategy for keeping bugs at bay. What more? You might want to consider grass species more suitable to your area.
Fertilize your lawn using the instructions accompanying the product.
Getting rid of bugs in the grass isn’t a complex procedure if you know what to do. We’ve provided basic details on treatment strategies you can apply.
These have been used with excellent results.