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Ticks and Grubs

Published by mrgrass on June 17th, 2013 - in Lawn Pests, Bugs & Insects

Ticks and grubs are readily controlled with proper planning and the right product in hand.  With ecologically friendly organic lawn care measures, ticks and grubs can be safely reduced while you BBQ for friends and family outdoors!

Control ticks and grubs with organic measures or traditional products.

Control ticks and grubs with organic measures or traditional products.

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Dry spring brings out lawn pests in force

The chinch bug is in the middle

I was on my stomach trying to get this picture. Chinch bugs are small and very shy, they always try to run and hide.

A thatchy lawn in the sun is a prime location to experience chinch bug damage, especially in a warm, dry spring.

I visited many lawns this past week infested with grubs, chinch bugs, and even ticks.  The picture below illustrates classic chinch bug damage with active chinch bugs feeding as adults.  The  picture to the right is that of an adult chinch bug.  The lawn was thatchy and not a current client but certainly needs some help from my program.  Left untreated, these adults will have lots of kids and spread to other areas, causing further damage this spring.  Recommended treatment for chinch bug is a surface insect control, either organic or traditional in nature to stop the feeding.  Aeration and seeding may also be warranted to help restore the turf area for a more pleasant view versus brown thatch.  If you suspect insect damage, be sure to contact a local professional for a lawn inspection, not an over the phone lawn quote from a satellite.

Classic chinch bug damage in a NH lawn

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Tick Suppression by your lawn care professional

NH Ticks

Creating a safe play area around your home against ticks is smart

While most people are generally aware that their lawn care company can address turf problems, many are not aware of tick suppression.  Tick suppression can be a valuable service, especially for homes surrounded by fields and woods.  Spring begins the tick season in NH and VT as the adults become active and seek a blood meal to reproduce.  Ticks seek wild animals, pets, or your family members as they move out of winter hibernation.  Unfortunately, most ticks are so small they are virtually impossible to see or avoid until you find them on your clothing.  Nothing is more unsettling then finding ticks on your pets or children.  Although the common dog tick does not transmit Lyme disease, the common Deer tick does carry this dangerous disease.

Most tick control products function well for 2-5 weeks ranging from organic to traditional materials.  In fact, many new products are used in pet supplies and products found at your local pet store.  The key to safety is using a responsible, experienced, and licensed lawn care company.  You must have a license in NH or VT to treat for ticks, even if you use an organic product!  Ticks are noxious pests and the saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is certainly worth heeding to avoid the painful condition brought about by Lyme disease.

While you may see a typical dog tick, you are not likely to see a Deer tick, a primary vector of Lyme disease.  Therefore, treating your lawn around the house during the growing season is a sound decision.  A tick treatment can be liquid or granular and should be applied to the perimeter of fields, woods, and your lawn to reduce the existing tick population.  Reducing ticks in the spring is a sensible solution toward maintaining a safe outdoor living space.

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