Here in Louisiana, the return of spring also means the return of lawn pests. Spring lawn pests wreak havoc on our lawns, gardens, and even our families as they infest and swarm. While having some insects in your lawn helps create a thriving and healthy ecosystem, boosting the health of your lawn, too many pests has the opposite effect. When it comes to spring pest control, it all starts with identification. Here are a few of the common spring lawn pests to watch for in your Louisiana lawn this year.
It isn’t a Louisiana spring without the clouds of hungry mosquitoes that grace our lawns. These annoying critters carry and transmit a medley of dangerous diseases, including West Nile virus, Eastern equine encephalitis, and more. Keeping your lawn free of mosquitoes protects you and your family from mosquito attacks and possible infections. Mosquitoes are some of the first lawn pests to return in the spring because their eggs overwinter in standing water and wet leaves around the lawn. Consistently removing standing water from your lawn and having mosquito hotspots treated around your lawn is the best way to protect against mosquitoes this year.
Mosquitoes aren’t the only dangerous pests invading our Louisiana lawns this spring, we can’t forget about fleas and ticks. These tiny pests cause enormous problems for humans and pets alike. In the spring, these nasty pests wake up and start multiplying. Before long, tall grass and brush can become infested. Fleas transmit tapeworms and a nasty infection called cat scratch diseases while ticks are responsible for infections of Lyme disease, tularemia, babesiosis, and more.
With infections of pest-borne illnesses on the rise in Louisiana and across the country, the time for flea and tick control is now. Clear away your brush and keep your grass mowed short to reduce hiding spots. Invest in pest control services near you to keep fleas and ticks out of your Louisiana lawn this spring.
Some of the worst spring lawn pests affecting Louisiana homeowners every year are ants. Of the many different species here in Louisiana, the two most troublesome species are the red imported fire ants and carpenter ants.
Red imported fire ants are the most infamous ants in America. These nasty and aggressive lawn pests infest lawns all across the south. Their unmistakable mounds teem with thousands of biting and stinging red ants. When the nest is disturbed, they attack. Their incredibly painful bites and stings cause allergic reactions and can even cause death. Fire ant control is best left to the professionals.
Carpenter ants, on the other hand, are not nearly as aggressive as red imported fire ants. These spring pests cause most of their damage inside the home. Winged carpenter ants swarm in the spring as they search for new locations to nest. Carpenter ant infestations can be costly if not caught early. While they don’t eat the wood like termites do, carpenter ants chew and burrow through wood as they make and expand their nests. Keeping them out of the house with preventative pest control services is essential to avoid damage and headaches throughout the year.
Spring lawn pests are dangerous to our lawns and families, making spring pest control essential. Here at TruGreen Midsouth, we’re familiar with all of the common spring lawn pests affecting Louisiana lawns this year. Our customized pest control program is designed to tackle the common pest problems in your area. Pair it with our essential mosquito control program to turn your lawn into a pest-free zone throughout the year.
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