Several insects and related pest are common in lawns. Southern chinch bugs, spittlebugs, grass scale, and grass mites suck plant juices. Tawny mole crickets, white grubs, and billbugs live in the soil and damage the grass roots. Other pest, including sod web worms, grass loopers, cutworms, and army worms eat the grass blades.
Additional insects and related pest such as fire ants, fleas, ticks, millipedes, chiqqers, and snails do not damage the lawn, but may become nuisances by biting people or crawling into houses, garages, swimming pools etc.Improper mowing, improper and excessive watering and fertilizing can cause lawn grasses to develop a thick, spongy mat of live, dead and dying shoots, stems and roots which accumulate in a layer above the soil surface. This spongy mat referred to as (thatch) is an excellent habitat for insects to thrive and chemically ties up insecticides, therefore reducing there effectiveness.
Proper mowing practices, watering and fertilizing can make the grass more tolerant to pest and greatly improves the appearance of the lawn. Apply pesticides only when pest populations reach damaging levels or thresholds. Apply pesticides properly, read and understand all directions on the container label regarding dosage rates, application information and precautions. Failure to properly apply pesticides, or adding a little more than the label recommends is a violation the law.