Get Rid of Lawn Pests This Summer

With all of the forces that are working on your lawn, it can be difficult to identify what's damaging your grass. Two common pests are cinch bugs and Japanese beetles. These eat away at your lawn and surrounding vegetation to create unsightly spots on your property. With the help of Nutri-Lawn Burlington and with the proper use of your inground irrigation services, you can solve the problem of these pests.

Problem pest: Japanese beetles
Japanese beetles have been a major issue for North American homeowners because these insects are not native to Canada or the United States. As their name would suggest, Japanese beetles are native to Japan, and therefore do not have natural predators in the Canadian ecosystem.

It's fairly easy to spot these pests on your lawn if there's an infestation. You'll see them crawling over your roses or munching away at your berry patches, taking away the nutrients that your sprinkler system worked so hard to provide. These bugs are copper and green in colour, making them easy to spot for their iridescent shells.   

Nutri-Lawn Burlington Solution
If you see an adult Japanese beetle, the best thing to do is to vacuum it up. This may seem arduous, but it is a temporary solution until you can reduce their population in other ways.

Japanese beetles have a strong distaste for cedar oil, so try spraying infested areas with this natural product. If you do, make sure to turn off your inground sprinkler system for a day or two to avoid washing the oil away.

Finally, attack the beetles at their source: grubs. You can reduce your current beetle population and, most significantly, you can reduce future infestations, by eliminating grubs. Beneficial nematodes are the most effective way to get rid of grubs, and are offered by Nutri-Lawn Burlington as a natural solution. Specifically, you'll want to look for the heterorhabditis bacteriophora species of nematode when you have a Japanese beetle problem.

When you apply these, make sure your Burlington sprinkler system continue to keep the lawn moist, as nematodes require moisture to survive. Usually a good rule to follow is to keep your inground irrigation program running a little more often than usual for 10 days following application.

Problem pest: Cinch bugs
Cinch bugs are considerably smaller than Japanese beetles, and tougher to spot because of their black shells. They are approximately 1/20 of an inch in length, and reside in the thatch on your grass.

You can find out if you have cinch bugs by using the soapy water trick. Cut off the bottom of a coffee canister and press the can into your lawn about 2 inches. Fill it with warm soapy water and wait by patiently. Within an hour, though often less, you'll begin to see cinch bugs floating to the surface of your coffee canister.

Nutri-Lawn Burlington Solution
It's time to dethatch. Get rid of the cinch bugs by getting rid of their residence. Nutri-Lawn Burlington can help you with this task with our dethatching program, as well as with core aeration. Core aeration has dual benefits. It helps reduce thatch, but also creates passageways for your Nutri-Lawn Burlington inground sprinkler system to reach your roots when watering.

Nutri-Lawn Burlington can also help out with insecticide. Talk to a Nutri-Lawn Burlington inground sprinkler systems expert about proper application and when it’s best to turn on your inground irrigation again following an insecticide application.

Begin creating a pest free, beautiful lawn this summer with a robust sprinkler system. Receive your complimentary quote on Nutri-Lawn Burlington inground sprinkler services with just a click of your mouse.