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Skunks

Back to Common Problems - Lawns Back to Wildlife The skunk is a larger member of the weasel family and can grow to be about 30 inches long (tail included) and weigh about 8 pounds. Their natural habitat is around clearings, pastures and along the edge of forests. They usually nest under a hollow...

Moles - Lawns

Back to Common Problems - Lawns Damage to lawn The Eastern mole is often thought to be a rodent. However, it is not a rodent, but an insectivore related to shrews and bats. Moles consume 70 to 100 percent of their body weight in insects (mostly grubs and worms) each day. They must eat constantly to...

Sod Webworm - Lawns

Back to Common Problems - Lawns Sod webworms are a complex of over 20 species of Pyralid moths across the U.S. Two species that have occurred in outbreak situations are the bluegrass webworm and the larger sod webworm. The caterpillars are the damaging stage of these moths. Caterpillars range in...

Scoliid Wasps - Lawns

Back to Common Problems - Lawns These are actually good guys! Another group of ground nesting wasps are the digger or Scoliid wasps. Scoliid wasps are about 5/8 inch long, blue-black, with blackish purple wings. There are two yellow stripes, one on each side of the abdomen. Their bodies are fairly...

Mining Bees - Lawns

Back to Common Problems - Lawns (More insects from HGIC) Photo: Cheryl Moorehead, Bugwood.org Mining, or digger bees nest in burrows in the ground. Unlike honey bees, mining bees are solitary bees. Each mining bee female usually digs her own burrow to rear her young. Large numbers of these bees may...

Grubs - Lawns

Back to Common Problems - Lawns White grubs feeding on grass roots Grubs that damage lawns are the larvae of Japanese beetles, May or June beetles, masked chafer beetles, or Oriental beetles. Grubs feed on the roots of plants, particularly grass and remain underground for one to three years until...

Green June Beetle - Lawns

Back to Common Problems - Lawns Green June beetle adult The green June beetle is one of the white grubs that may be found in lawns. This grub is unlike other grubs in that it will crawl on the surface of the grass at night. Other white grubs remain in the soil and feed on the turfgrass roots. The...

Chinch Bug - Lawn

Back to Common Problems - Lawns Chinch bug damaged lawn Chinch bugs are small insects (about 1/8 inch when mature) with piercing-sucking mouthparts that feed on the sap of grass plants. They are found in the thatch area of turfgrass and feed on the lower leaf sheath and crown area of the plants...

Cicada Killer Wasps - Lawns

Back to Common Problems - Lawns A cicada killer wasp with its prey Cicada killers resemble large yellowjackets. They are mostly black with pale yellow markings on the abdomen and are about 2 inches long. Despite their appearance, these insects are inoffensive and usually will not bother people even...

Summer Patch - Lawns

Back to Common Problems - Lawns Summer patch causes circular straw-colored patches of grass during the summer Susceptible Grasses · The most commonly infected grasses are Kentucky bluegrass and fine leaf fescue. Primary symptoms · Initial symptoms on Kentucky bluegrass are roughly circular straw-...

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