Emerald Ash Borer
The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) is considered one of the most destructive forest pests ever seen in North America and have now been found in Sangamon County. EAB only attack species of North American ash trees. Universities and professionals are suggesting injecting your ash trees to protect them from EAB infestation. We use the only insecticide know to stop these pests! Once EAB infects your ash trees, it’s too late to treat.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: EAB adult beetles are bright, metallic green and about 1/2 inch long with a flattened back. EAB adult beetles leave a small D-shaped exit hole in the bark when they emerge in spring. EAB larvae create long serpentine galleries that weave back and forth across the woodgrain. Several woodpecker species feed on EAB larvae. Heavy woodpecker damage on an ash tree could be a sign of EAB infestation.
Chinch bugs suck the plant juices from the leaves and stems of grass plants, especially in hot, dry weather.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Look for large, circular areas of yellowing grass.
These tiny bugs suck sap from your grass while injecting a poison. Mild winters and cool springs often bring them on.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Look for rust colored brown patches that begin in shady areas and spread to sunny parts of the lawn.
The boxelder bug is a North American species of true bug. It is found primarily on boxelder trees, as well as maple and ash trees.
The Japanese beetle is a metallic-green beetle that’s about half an inch long with bronze wing covers. It eats the leaves and fruit of hundreds of different plants, preferring those with tender leaves, such as linden trees.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Look for leaves that have been eaten.
Grub & Worm Control
These C-shaped, white or gray larva of beetles feast on the roots of your grasses, leaving nothing but dead turf behind. As seasoned lawn care veterans, we know exactly how to effectively combat grubs so they are no longer a nuisance or a health threat to your landscape. If grubs are left untreated, their feeding can prove fatal to your lawn, costing you hundreds of dollars in renovation costs. Furthermore, grubs are a food source for moles, another pest that can wreak havoc on your lawn.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Look for brown patches in late spring or dead patches that roll back like a carpet. Moles, skunks or raccoons in your yard can indicate a grub problem.
Sod webworms are caterpillars of moths that chew your grass just above the thatch line. They are one of the worst lawn pests, as they can cause extensive and unsightly damage to your turf. Not only do they create sporadic dead patches in your lawn, but they also make it easy for weeds to move in and take over.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Look for dead patches of 1 to 2 inches in late spring, among areas of normal grass.
Moles are subterranean rodents who can ravage your yard and garden in search of food. Not only do they potentially carry diseases themselves, but they are also host to a variety of other disease-carrying insects including ticks, as they feed on beneficial lawn insects like earthworms.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR: Mounds of dirt throughout your lawn or garden may indicate a mole tunnel system.