As homeowners, we need to deal with a wide variety of problems that can affect our property. Some of them are easy to spot and may even be expected. Others tend to hide under the surface but when they do, they can have a negative impact that is visible to the eyes and can impact the wallet as well. One of the issues that we may face is a summer bug infestation. The problem with bugs is, once they actually infest the lawn, they’re very difficult to manage. Taking a proactive stance is a much better plan.
Have you ever tried to chase a problem and it seems that no matter how much you work on it, it just continues to grow? This is probably the experience you may have had with a summer bug infestation. The following information can help you to take an offensive stand and to get ahead of the problem, so it doesn’t become an issue that is too big to handle. In fact, when you take care of the problem before it becomes a large issue, you may find that it never really crops up in the first place.
First of all, before I provide you with any tips that you can do on your own, I would like to talk about the benefits of hiring a professional. Many homeowners find it difficult to work on their lawn on a regular basis and they may only be able to do the basics of cutting the grass every week. A lawn care professional can come to your property, treat the problems that are already an issue and get on the offensive when it comes to treating those that have not yet happened. It can really take a load off of your plate and off of your mind.
Aside from hiring a professional, there are also some things you can do as a homeowner to head off the problem of a bug infestation before it actually occurs. One thing that you need to keep in mind, however, is the fact that you are often going to be using chemicals when you treat the lawn for any type of problem. There are some organic options available, but most people lean toward chemical, commercial treatments. These can be very dangerous for everyone in your family, including your pets.
Along with treating the lawn, as we will discuss below, it is also important for you to wear the proper protective equipment so that you are not exposed to the chemicals while you are using them. This would include the proper breathing apparatus, long pants, a long sleeve shirt, gloves, eye protection and closed shoes. Keep in mind that the chemicals you used to treat your lawn can also be carried into the house, so be cautious that you don’t expose your family to the chemicals before your clothes hit the washing machine.
If by this point in the article, you are not worried enough to hire a professional, you can read on to learn some of the tips and tricks that will help you to ward off a bug infestation this summer. In fact, you can use them every year and have a lawn and that is as bug-free as possible and control pest in your home.
Step 1: Identify the Problem
The first step in the process of treating any type of lawn problem is to identify what is causing the problem in the first place. If you suspect that you have a bug infestation or that you have had one in the past and want to keep it from coming back again, you don’t simply want to go out and spray the lawn with a random chemical. Some chemicals are going to work on a wide variety of pests but if you have the wrong type of infestation, the wrong chemical is not going to work at all.
Sometimes you may find that you didn’t actually have a problem with bugs but rather, it may have been an issue with over-fertilization or perhaps some type of fungus. This is something that can be checked out by a lawn care professional. It is better to treat the issue for what it really is rather than simply trying to throw something against the wall and see what sticks.
Some of the most common pests that can affect the lawn include the sod webworm, armyworm, chinch bug and the beetle larva, commonly known as a grub. There may also be a wide variety of other pests that can be a problem.
Step 2: Treat the Lawn on Time
There are two things that you need to keep in mind when you are treating a lawn for pest control. The first is the type of chemical you are using and the other is the timing. In some cases, adding the treatment too late or too early is going to miss the growth cycle of the pest and it will not have the effect that you desire.
Once you have chosen the type of pest control that you are going to use, it is important to read the instructions carefully. Adding too much to a lawn could end up killing the grass in the process, which is something you certainly would want to avoid. In addition, some of the treatments may be sprayed on the lawn, so you might not be able to do it when there is any wind. Even using a dry treatment may not be effective if you put it on and then get a rain shower. Be sure that you follow the instructions carefully.
Keeping pests under control is a job that is ongoing during the growing season. You may find that you are spending an hour or more every week identifying problems, doing some spot treatment and checking on the progress. It is possible to control the problem to a large extent, but you might just find that turning the reins over to a professional will provide you with exactly what you need. The choice is yours, just make sure that you choose wisely.