Lawn Pests You May Encounter in the Fall

During the fall months, the focus on lawn care can shift away from frequent mowing as the rate of your lawn's growth slows down. While your grass is preparing to go dormant for the winter months, it is essential to focus on preventative care to keep your lawn pest-free and capable of receiving as much sunlight as possible. Pests can wreak havoc on a lawn if left to their own devices, making it harder for your grass to come back as vibrant and green as it was before winter came. Here are just a few of the pests you may encounter while protecting your lawn this fall, and how the damage they cause can be mitigated: 

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How to Get Rid of Mosquitoes Outdoors

Many of us patiently wait for warmer weather and are thrilled when we get those first few days of 70-degree weather. We break out the shorts and short-sleeve shirts and before we know it, we're scratching at our skin thanks to pesky mosquitoes. Not only are their bites annoying and itchy, but they can also carry diseases like West Nile Virus, Encephalitis, and the Zika virus. These diseases are all the more reason to combat these blood-sucking insects! 

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Grub Damage to Lawn: Everything You Need to Know

No one wants grubs…just the word itself doesn't sound too appealing, does it? You may be wondering "what are grubs exactly?" Great question! Grubs are the larvae of Japanese beetles. They look like c-shaped creatures and you are most likely to find them in your soil. They're not attractive little critters and they certainly don't do any favors for your yard – especially when they're occupying it by the masses. 

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Preventing Grub Damage

When you do all the things necessary to achieve a healthy and robust lawn, you also make your lawn incredibly attractive to one of its biggest enemies. Turf grass needs thick juicy roots in order to thrive. The healthier the roots, the more appetizing they are to grubs.

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Getting the Drop on Mosquitoes

Nothing takes the fun out of an evening barbecue outdoors like a bunch of bloodthirsty mosquitoes. In addition to inflicting a painful bite, mosquitoes can transmit diseases. Because mosquitoes require water to breed, here are some practical ways to eliminate water sources in your yard: 

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Giving Grubs the Snub

Ever laid eyes on a grub? If so, you know how ugly these pests are. Even uglier, though, is the damage they can do to your lawn. Grubs are the unfortunate offspring of beetles, such as June beetles and Japanese beetles, and they hatch from eggs laid in the soil. After hatching, the grubs (or beetle larvae) start feeding on turf roots. 

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