In addition to weeds and diseases, several insects, animals, and some rather unusual critters inhabit a homeowner’s lawn. This page is dedicated to those unfriendly varieties that may damage that treasured landscape. This year, the menacing creatures are moles, voles, grub worms, crayfish (crawdads), fire ants, fleas, ticks and locusts (cicadas). Descriptions and photos are included.
Magicicada spp. spend most of their 13- and 17-year lives underground feeding on xylem fluids from the roots of deciduous forest trees in the eastern United States. After 13 or 17 years, mature cicada nymphs emerge, synchronously, and in tremendous numbers. After such a prolonged developmental phase, the adults are active for about four to six weeks. The males aggregate into chorus centers and attract mates. Different species have different characteristic calling songs. Within two months of the original emergence, the life cycle is complete, the eggs have been laid and the adult cicadas are gone for another 13 or 17 years. To hear and see more on the cicadas, view the video at returnofthecicadas.com.
The next topic of interest for 2010 was crayfish or crawdads. With the recent rain and flooding in some parts of the state, crawdads will pop up in strange places, including a homeowner’s lawn. These crustaceans are also referred to as crawfish, mud bugs, or stonecrabs. Click here to learn more about crayfish.
Moles are still the most common pests in the area. Moles are small but destructive, according to Lucy Moreland, a 4-H natural resource instructor for the Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas. The 6-inch long fur-covered mammal weighs about 4 ounces, but can destroy a perfectly groomed lawn. Click here to learn more about moles.
Grub worms is the food source that keeps moles tunneling through your lawn. For more information about grub worms, see our Grub Worms page.
Voles also have become a nuisance in many southern lawns. Also called meadow mice or field mice, voles can cause damage to trees, ornamental plants and small lawn areas. Click here to read more about voles and control methods from the Nevada Department of Agriculture.
Fire Ants, Fleas and Ticks
Herbi-Systems also provides applications to control fire ants, fleas and ticks. Our new fire ant treatment guarantees control for one full year! Please contact us for a price quote. Click here to learn more about fire ants.
If there are other pests in your lawn that are not covered on this page, please refer to this article from the University of Tennessee Extension Service.
If you have further questions concerning pests, please do not hesitate to contact us.