A lawn is so much more than just a feature of your property—it is a source of beauty and aesthetic appeal, an enjoyable hobby, and a valued feature that can truly turn your property into an oasis. Lawns are great functional spaces for families and pets, providing a soft area underfoot for play and work alike. Lawns are also a critical part of nature, providing a lot of air cleaning and cycling and creating an environment that tons of wildlife can use for food and shelter.
It’s this last function that homeowners often stress over. You might not realize what might actually live in your lawn, and it’s pretty safe to say it’s probably more than you think. Here are five types of common pests that live in lawns so you can do what you must to protect your grass from harm or invasion.
The idea of fleas making their home in your lawn is certainly frightening to some people, but the truth is fleas love to take shelter in the shade of grass, particularly longer grasses. Fleas tend to live in unkempt areas, and lawns that are neglected or overgrown are a goldmine for flea nests. Not only do they offer a great amount of shelter, but the long strands provide a great jumping-off point (literally) for fleas to attach themselves to a host.
This is particularly troubling to a lot of homeowners because dogs and cats often run around, play, and relieve themselves on lawns. You never know when your pup or cat might have a good old time rolling around in the grass and carry a stow-away or two back inside. The best way to avoid this is to keep your lawn trimmed and tidy and to regularly treat your pet with flea prevention treatments that help ward off these pests.
Mosquitos tend to build their nests in areas where they can find a few key resources, including a food source, shade, shelter, and a source of water. This is why they love to build their nests in lawns and gardens around standing water. That can include lawns that are frequently extremely wet or that are overwatered and have issues with drainage. Mosquitos also need a food source, and lawns often make great homes because they are often close to food sources: blood from humans or other mammal hosts.
While mosquitos tend to enjoy bushes and shrubs more than lawns (they are less likely to be disturbed there) many mosquitos do make their homes in lawns. In fact, if your lawn has truly been infested, simply walking through your lawn might cause a swarm of them to leap up and take flight as they move away from you as you walk through the grass. Having your lawn treated for mosquitos throughout the warm season will help you greatly reduce or even eliminate this problem.
A pretty broad variety of beetles live inside lawns. Japanese beetles are one of the most prolific species of beetle found in lawns in almost every state across the country (in fact, only nine states are believed to be free of these pests). While beetles themselves can be damaging, the real devastation comes from grubs, or beetle larvae. Grubs feed on grass roots, causing even the most well-manicured and cared-for lawn to wilt and die in a short amount of time. To make matters worse, most beetles lay dozens of eggs at a time, causing this problem to spread rapidly. Beetle larvae tend to spend more than a year in the ground before they emerge and eventually turn into adult beetles, and that means finding grubs to eradicate them can be exceedingly difficult.
Moles are rodents that live the majority of their lives underground. Much like beetle larvae, they eat the roots out of lawns, causing lawns to wilt and die. They also dig tunnels through the ground, and these tunnels displace the soil causing it to feel soft and unstable. It’s pretty easy to tell if you have a mole infestation—your lawn will appear to have a network of small tunnels running through it and walking through it will feel somewhat like walking through soft sand.
Eliminating a mole problem isn’t exactly easy. While some home products that eliminate moles are out there, the only truly effective way to take care of a mole problem is to have it professionally addressed. However, we advise having this done quickly to minimize the damage. When left untreated, moles can tear up a pretty big section of your lawn in as little as a few days.
Finally, ants are perhaps the most prevalent pest you’ll find in your lawn. Ant colonies are buried underground, and they often emerge above ground through small access holes they dig out through the soft soil beneath your lawn. From there, they walk through the many tall blades of grass to locate food sources that they can take apart and carry back to the colony itself. This makes finding ants in your lawn difficult, if not impossible.
While ants in your lawn do not guarantee you will get ants in your home, it does mean you might be more likely to deal with an ant issue. Ants have a tremendous sense of smell, and everything from a spilled sugary drink to food left out on a counter can suddenly draw the attention of a wandering ant. Before long, that ant leaves a trail for others to follow, and suddenly your home has been swarmed by these small, crawling creatures.Tired of lawn-based pests making home life difficult? Take care of the problem by calling the team at Frame’s Pest Control at (419) 475-6055 today!