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Insect Identification

Have you done everything you can to treat your yard for weeds and disease, but it still has dead spots? Is your grass dying, but you don’t know why? You might have lawn-damaging bugs. Use our handy insect identification guide below to find out what’s wrong with your grass.

Your Identification Guide to Ohio Insects

In Ohio, white grubs are born from May, June and Japanese beetles and appear in your lawn in the cooler season. Grubs are present if your turf grass has large, irregular dead patches from not only continuous feeding grubs but also mammals that feed on grubs. 

Learn more about grubs and how they can ruin your beautiful lawn.

The most common and damaging of this species in Ohio are the bluegrass sod webworms. In the late fall and early spring, when turf is actively growing, sod webworm larva leaves their underground tunnels to feed on your grass. You’ll know sod webworms are present from the small brown patches that appear on your lawn, eventually running together by mid-summer to create large irregular patches of thin, brown grass.

Learn about sod webworms and what damage they can do to your lawn.

From late May through the rest of the growing season, these destructive insects can damage golf courses and other maintained turf areas in Ohio. If you see small, round dead spots on your turf throughout the hotter days of summer, you might have a case of cutworms.

Learn more about how cutworms can ruin your turf grass.

From June and into September, chinch bugs are able to block water and nutrients as they feed on your turf. Does your turf have irregular patches that were yellow and are now straw-colored? These dead patches may be due to chinch bugs.

Learn more about how chinch bugs can damage your lawn.

When the drought stress of summer is upon us, billbug-infected turf is more prominent. Damage on your turf can look like anything from small dead spots and browning to white or straw-colored. If your turf is solid and has hallowed stems or sawdust-like packing, you may have a case of billbugs.

Learn more about the damage billbugs can do to your lawn.

Lawn care companies all over Northeast Ohio are receiving calls and emails about Armyworms (Spodoptera frugiperda, family Noctuidae) and are causing substantial injury to turfgrass. These pesky larvae are not typically found in our area. However, this season’s weather has brought them to Northeast Ohio.

Learn more about the damage armyworms can do to your lawn.

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