Insect Suppression for Surface Feeding Insects

Our Premier and Budget lawn care programs both suppress surface feeding insects such as ants, ticks, fleas, chinch bugs ground bees, sod webworms, and many more. Because this is a lawn service, we are mostly targeting the insects that are destroying the lawn such as chinch bugs, sod webworms, and lawn ants.

*If you are singing up to one of our lawn care programs late in the year, it is highly recommended to protect your lawn against these insects with an additional service.*

Overall price will vary based on target species, weather, and type of preferred program; each application will be a separate charge. There is no warrantee due to weather implications. FHS cannot control future insects from entering target area. This service once again is for controlled suppression not eradication.

ANTS

Ants can be a tricky pest to get rid of. We do recommend 3 applications of ant suppression to get rid of the entire colony infesting your lawn. We say this because, after the first treatment, all the worker ants that are foraging will not return to the colony. Because of this, the queen will send out more ants to bring in food for the colony. She will repeat this process until all the ants are exhausted. So the suppression and amount of services needed depends on how established the ant colony is. A larger colony will have much more reinforcements than a smaller colony!

SOD WEBWORMS

Seeding Expectations

Sod Webworms can severely damage your lawn; luckily they aren’t the hardest lawn pest to get rid of. The larva will over winter in the thatch or the soil. Then when the warmer months come, the larva will pupate and moths will appear in the spring. Throughout the season, these moths will begin laying more eggs into the soil that will hatch in a couple weeks. The larva will feed on most cool season grasses and even warm season grasses (although they favor the cool season grasses). If you are seeing small areas on the leaf of the grass plant being brown to yellow, then it is possible you have an infestation! Because the larva is nocturnal, this makes them difficult to physically see. During the day, the sod webworm can be found burrowed in the center of the damaged area. A good way to check for these pests is to pour one or two tablespoons of lemon scented liquid dish detergent in one or two gallons of water and pouring the soapy solution over the damaged area. This will irritate the webworms and send them out of hiding!

CHINCH BUGS

Chinch Bugs can be a major pest to lawns. They do prefer Ryegrasses and Fescues, but will attack many other lawn grasses as well. Chinch Bugs will insert a straw-like tube into the grass plant tissues and suck nutrients out of the plant. The damage will look like small, irregular patterns that enlarge as the bugs move throughout the lawn. They are most prevalent in un-irrigated lawns and/or have sandy soils. Typically, our insect suppression will get rid of the Chinch Bugs in 1 application, although a severe infestation might require 2 applications. A good way to check for chinch Bugs is to spread the grass gently with your fingers and look in the thatch. Chinch bugs are usually very active in the summer, so you will be able to see them scurrying around, especially on warm sunny days.

*If you think you are being invaded by a Turf Feeding Insect,
contact us at (800) 649-9992 or by email*