How To Handle Pest Control In 2022

Spring will be here before we know it. Unfortunately, the arrival of warm weather signals the return of pests like mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and other unwanted visitors. Learn about the different kinds of pest control options for Ohio residents and how you can protect your plants and family.

What Your Pest Control Program Should Include

Perimeter Pest Control

Some insects don’t pose a health risk to humans, but they are just plain creepy. Seeing them in our home doesn’t make us feel at ease, which is how you should feel in the safety of your own Earwig on a leafhome. Thankfully, there’s a solution. Perimeter pest control creates a barrier, usually about three feet up the side of your home and three free from the foundation.

This chemical barrier protects you and your home from disgusting crawling insects like:

  • Earwigs
  • Spiders
  • Multicolored Asian Lady Beetles
  • Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs
  • Millipedes
  • Centipedes
  • Cockroaches
  • Ants
  • Beetles

Grub Control

Grubs won’t harm humans, but they will wreak havoc on your plants. Grubs are the larvae of Japanese beetles. You won’t see them on the surface of your grass in the larval stage, but you may notice adult beetles. Fully grown Japanese beetles are about 1/3 to 1/2 inch in length with a metallic-green body and head copper-colored wing covers. White hair covers the sides and tips of their abdomens. The larvae are the white grubs that devour lawns. Their bodies are c-shaped with brown heads, visible legs, and are about 1/8 to one inch long. They are close in appearance to the larvae of June bugs, which can also damage lawns.

Signs you have grubs include:grubs in soil

  • Dead or browning patches of turf
  • Spongy turf
  • Turf that easily peels back like a sod roll

How To Get Rid Of Grubs

Like all insects, it’s impossible to eradicate the population completely. Having some grubs in your lawn does not mean the end of the world. However, 10 or more per square foot is when you’ll start to notice the damage. There are several ways of keeping grubs under control. Firstly, you should keep your lawn well fertilized and keep the mower height between 2 and 3 inches. This promotes a healthy root system, which is less prone to grub infestation. Treat dead or dying areas with an overseeding application to restore damaged areas, and discourage more beetles from attacking the already stressed grass. Lastly, you should apply an insecticide. Be sure to ask your lawn care professional which products are right for your lawn!

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