Pest Problem? No Problem
Pest Problem? No Problem:
Pesticides are a quick fix. In the long run, you will still be faced with the same problems that faced you before applying pesticides. Prevention is the best approach for managing pests. If you keep your lawn healthy by using good maintenance practices, you find that your yard is less susceptible to pest damage. Sometimes pests just pop up, though. Here are a few healthy, non-hazardous solutions to your pest problems.
|Ants||Undesirable anthills with poor lawn conditions.||
|Aphids||Feed on different species of plants, which can vary from season to season.||
|Chinch Bugs||Adults eat dry grass due to drought or thatch build-up, leaving yellow patches of dead grass.||
|Crabgrass||An undesired annual, which grows in poor soil conditions.||
|Dandelions||Grows in dead, unhealthy patches by seed and root divisions.||
|Earwigs||Generally beneficial insects that can eat leaves and seedlings, leaving small holes.||
|Fairy Rings (fungi)||Circular patches of dead grass with an inner green ring. Occurs on lawns 5-15 years of age.||
|Grubs (June Bugs)||Chubby, white larvae, which eat dry, unhealthy grass roots. Leave brown patches of wilted, and dead grass.||
|Mosquitoes||Nuisance to people.||
|Pill Bugs||Feed on vegetation.||
|Rodents||Eat plants as well as being a nuisance to people.||
|Snails / Slugs||Eat vegetation.||
|Yellow Jackets||Stings are a threat to the well-being of people. Yellow-jackets have a thin waist and can inflict multiple stings.||
Know Your Friends
Not All “Pests” Are Pests!
|The Good Guys||How They Help|
|Bees, Wasps||Pollinate various flowers|
|Birds||Eat insects, and weed seeds|
|Earthworms||Aerate the soil, turn organic matter into soil|
|Ladybugs, Lacewings, Dragon Flies||Eat aphids|
|Toads||Eat slugs, earwigs, cutworms, aphids, flies|
Nature provides its own form of pest control. Consider natural alternatives before using pesticides because that pesticide may kill your friendly helpers.
WORK WITH NATURE – NOT AGAINST IT!