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Protect your lawn from turf destroying insects, Panama City, FL – Arrow Pest Service

Pest control is not just about protecting your home.

There are a number of pests that have a different target: your lawn. These lawn destroying pests can be a major threat to your property, especially during the spring and early summer.

One of the most destructive examples of these types of pests is the sod web worm. These invaders can cause significant damage to your lawn if left unchecked.

But what are sod web worms, and how do they attack your lawn?

Sod web worms are not a species in and of themselves. In fact, they are actually the larvae of the lawn moth. Adult lawn moths are not destructive, but the young larvae cause significant damage to the grass by feeding on the steams and leaves of the plant.

Sod web worms begin life as eggs inside silk-lined tunnels located just below the soil surface. They emerge when the warm weather returns, typically around April or May. For the the rest of the summer, these pests will grow and consume the grass from below. This will leave behind unsightly, brown patches of dead grass throughout the lawn.

Sod web worm prefer to live in lawns with a large amount of thatch, as this provides them with cover and a steady source of food. They often infest areas that get less water than usual such as slopes, banks, or secluded corners of the lawn.

How do you protect your lawn from sod web worms?

 Sod web worms are much more likely to invade lawns that are already unhealthy. As with many pests, the best way to protect your lawn from sod web worms is by keeping it healthy, well watered, and regularly mown. This will prevent the establishment of conducive conditions that might attract the web worms.

If you are dealing with sod web worms, or any other problems concerning your lawn, it may be time to call in the experts. At Arrow Pest Service, we are an industry leading service with decades of experience in Lawn Care AND Pest Control!

We offer comprehensive treatment plans that keep your lawn healthy and beautiful, saving you time, frustration, and expense. With our knowledge of pest control, we are also equipped to protect your lawn from any pest invaders that could threaten it!

So make keeping your lawn beautiful easy, call us TODAY at 850-874-1900!

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By: Mack

How to know if your lawn is unhealthy, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

Lawn care can be tricky business, especially here in Florida.

Our state’s hot temperatures and erratic moisture levels can make it difficult to keep a lawn healthy. This means that Florida homeowners should be even more concerned with taking the proper steps to keep their lawns beautiful and in good condition.

But this is easier said than done. The problem is, when you start to see signs that your lawn is unhealthy, you may not always know why. Without knowing the cause of the problem, you can’t know how best to resolve it.

So to help homeowners diagnose the problem, we wanted to share our Top 5 Reasons Why Your Lawn is Unhealthy.

Hopefully these tips will help you to identify and resolve your lawn care issues.

1.  Your lawn has TOO much water, or not enough.

Keeping your lawn properly watered can be difficult. While there is no perfect rule for how much to water, generally speaking you should water your lawn 2-3 times per week. An average lawn needs around 1-1.5 in of water per week, but this can vary depending on rainfall and temperature. As a general rule, it is better to water more deeply and less frequently.

You may have to experiment to find the perfect amount of watering for your lawn. Be careful not to water too much, as this can wash away fertilizer and stimulate the growth of weeds.

On the other hand, you should also avoid not giving your lawn enough water. This will lead to dead, brown patches in the grass. It is important to note, however, that a lack of moisture is not the only thing that causes these patches. If they do not respond to increasing watering, it is probable that they are caused by some other factors.

  1. Your lawn is not properly fertilized.

Fertilizing your lawn is one of the most complicated and important parts of lawn care. There are a variety of different options for fertilizer types, distribution methods, and dispersal times for different species of grass. For this reason, you need to know what type of grasses are in your lawn to know when and how to fertilize it.

 Generally speaking, most of the grasses on lawns here in Florida are warm season grasses such as Bermuda or zoysia, and these should be fertilized sometime around late spring or early summer. For many lawns and seed packet products, a mixture of warm season and cold season grasses will be included to help keep your lawn growing all year.

 When applying fertilizer, make sure that you use the correct quantity as specified by the product, and it is best to apply fertilizer a day or so after watering to that the soil absorbs as many nutrients as possible. Over-application of fertilizer can cause problems by increasing the growth of weeds in the lawn, which compete with the grasses for nutrients.

  1. Your lawn is being invaded by pests.

There are a variety of pests that can attack your lawn. Pest incursions into your lawn can result in large dead spots and reduce the overall health and quality. Some pests, such as mole crickets, can establish large infestations and attack your lawn from within.

Due to this threat, it is important to identify any evidence of pest activity in and around your lawn. Pest removal can be difficult without professional assistance, but for many pests certain steps can be taken by homeowners to reduce the probability of infestation. Mole crickets, for example, are attracted to lawns with a lot of thatch, and as such reducing those conditions will make it less likely that your lawn will be invaded.

4. Your lawn is not aerated

Aerating your lawn is an important step in maintaining its general health. Aeration is essentially the process of creating small holes throughout your lawn. These holes allow water and nutrients to more easily penetrate the soil, thus contributing to the overall health of the lawn.

 Aeration is typically done once a year, though for certain grasses and more dry climates you may need to do it twice. Researching the grasses in your lawn can help you to identify the best aeration schedule for your specific situation. You can buy or rent an aerator from many home and garden stores, and for larger lawns you can also call in a licensed landscaping company.

  1. Your don’t have a reliable lawn care company.

 As a responsible homeowner, you are committed to keeping your property in good condition. While some of the steps required to keep your lawn healthy can be done by yourself, sometimes the problems your lawn is facing are more complex.

If you are having chronic problems with your lawn, it is possible that a bigger problem exists, and the best way to diagnose such problems is by calling in an expert service to inspect your lawn. A reliable lawn care company can keep your lawn healthy and beautiful all year round, saving you time and frustration!

At Arrow Pest Service, we are a full service pest control and lawn care company with years of experience in both industries! Due to our unique dual knowledge of these interrelated fields, we are better able to diagnose problems with your lawn and identify the best possible solutions!

As an industry leader in the Panama City lawn care, we are committed to providing effective, affordable service that leaves you, our customer, 100% satisfied!

So if you looking for lawn care professionals that you can trust, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

PS. Don’t Forget to ask about our 3 Months FREE Pest Control Offer & 1 Month FREE Lawn Spraying!!!

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By: Mack

 

 

Mole Crickets can be a major problem for your lawn, Panama City,FL-Arrow Pest Service


As spring approaches, homeowners will probably begin to see an increase of pest activity due to the warmer weather.

While the vast majority of pest prevention is centered around protecting your home, it is important to note that some pests have another target in mind: your lawn.

Among the enemies that could potentially attack your lawn, one of the most destructive is the mole cricket. These pests can be a major problem for Florida homeowners, and it is important to know how to deal with them if they come after your lawn!

Mole cricket identification:

 Mole crickets are small, grey colored insects that can be identified by their velvety bodies and large front legs. These front legs are used for digging, and this allows mole crickets to burrow beneath the soil with ease.

Identifying a mole cricket infestation can be difficult due to their nocturnal feeding habits and reclusive nature. If they happen to be on the surface, they will usually be near the base of the grass, making them difficult to spot.

How mole crickets attack your lawn:

 Mole crickets are omnivores with a preference for feeding on grasses. In the fall, mole crickets will lay their eggs in burrows beneath the soil. These eggs will hatch at the beginning of spring, and the new mole cricket nymphs will begin to feed on the roots of grasses in your lawn.

This can quickly lead to large dead patches in your lawn that are both unsightly and actively reduce the overall health of the lawn. Homeowners will often first notice the dead spots in the lawn as the first sign of mole cricket activity.

Protecting your lawn from mole crickets:

 Mole crickets are attracted to lawns with large amounts of thatch. You can reduce thatch buildup on your lawn by practicing proper mowing techniques and not overdoing fertilizer or water usage. If you are are seeing signs of mole cricket activity around your lawn, your best bet is to call in the professionals.

At Arrow Pest Service, we are a full service pest control AND lawn care company with decades of experience. We are committed to providing you with the highest quality of service in the industry, all at a price that fits your budget!

So if you looking for lawn care professionals that you can trust, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

PS. Don’t Forget to ask about our 3 Months FREE Pest Control Offer & 1 Month FREE Lawn Spraying!!!

PPS. Ask about our FREE Exclusive 58 Point Inspection!

By: Mack

Sod webworms cause major damage in lawns, Panama City, FL-Arrow Pest Service

 Caring for your lawn can be a complicated job.

There are a variety of pests that can cause major damage to your lawn if not dealt with it correctly. One of the most notorious and destructive pests that can invade your lawn is the sod webworm.

What are they?

Sod webworms are the larvae of lawn moths, which are a part of genus Crambus. Lawn moths themselves can be fairly annoying due to their habit of flying low to the grass in large numbers when disturbed. However, the sod webworms can be more than just an irritation as they are capable of causing direct damage to your lawn. Both the larvae and adults are nocturnal, which can make them difficult to identify.

What do they look like?

Sod webworms are fairly small, usually around 3/4 inch in size. They can be in a variety of colors depending on species, but are usually greenish-beige in color, with dark, circular spots scattered on their bodies. Because of their small size, it can sometimes be difficult to identify sod webworms until damage starts to appear on the lawn. The adult lawn moths, however, are more easily spotted. They can be identified by their long snouts and sporadic “zig-zag” flight pattern.

Where are they normally found?

Sod webworms live in thatch, typically in parts of the lawn receiving the most direct sunlight. Thatch is the layer of dead stalks and debris that is found just above the soil surface. Oftentimes, an irregular amount of thatch on a lawn is a symptom of an issue with the health of the lawn in general such as a bad ratio of fertilization, a lack of water, or incorrect mowing. Areas with irregular areas like slopes and banks are particularly vulnerable because they often have lower moisture levels due to the difficultly of sufficiently watering such spaces.

Why are they a problem?

Sod webworms are notorious for consuming the leaves and stems of turf grasses and disturbing root systems. While the adult moths will not consume grasses, the larvae have a voracious appetite and can kill portions of grass. When winter approaches, sod web worms will construct silk lined tunnels to escape the cold. These tunnels can break up the soil and damage root systems.

If sod webworms have infested your lawn, the first signs of damage will be small brown spots that appear as the grass dies. While there are several potential causes for brown patches in grass, sod web worm damage will be unusual because it will often be surrounded by untouched, healthy grass where feeding has not occurred. Most damage done by the larvae will occur in the late summer months and end when the larvae move into tunnels to overwinter.

Life Cycle:

The life cycle of sod webworms begins during the early summer months. During this time, adult lawn moths can frequently be seen flying low over turf grasses. The adults will mate and then scatter eggs around the lawn. Each female can produce a few hundred eggs, allowing their population to rapidly grow. After about 10-14 days, the eggs will hatch and the young larvae will begin to feed.

After a short period of time, the cold weather will force the larvae into their tunnels, where they will remain until the warm months return. Once they have emerge again in spring, the larvae will continue to feed and undergo several instars. They will enter into a pupal stage around May, and emerge as adults that will restart the cycle once again. Usually, at least two complete cycles of reproduction will occur in a year.

Keeping Your Lawn Safe:

Sod webworms can be a difficult pest to remove from your lawn. The best way to keep the larvae away from your lawn is to ensure that it remains in the best possible health. By taking the proper steps to care for your lawn, you can greatly reduce the amount of thatch in your lawn. This makes the lawn less appealing for sod webworms, and healthier grass is also more resistant to feeding damage.

If you are already seeing signs of damage from webworms. It is possible to test the soil for infestation by pouring a small amount of soapy water onto the grass. The soap will irritate the webworms, and force them to surface in the grass. This can help to identify an active infestation. If they are in small numbers, they can be eliminated with a rake or other tool after being forced to surface.

For more severe infestations, it may be necessary to use a pesticide solution. While some DIY pesticides can help with this, it is extremely important to apply the pesticide correctly to avoid damaging the lawn or making the area unsafe for pets or children. Because of these difficulties, it can sometimes be better to refer to a lawn care professional to deal with the infestation.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience as both a full service pest control company and a lawn care service. Our team of expert technicians can inspect your lawn, identify any source of problems, and resolve the issue with the most efficient, effective, and safe solution possible. We can also continue to care for your lawn after treatment, keeping it pest free and in perfect health year round!

So if you are dealing with sod webworms, or simply have a question, call us today at 850-874-1900!

Mack

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Don’t let weeds ruin your lawn, Arrow Pest Service-Panama City, FL

Weeds are one of the biggest obstacles faced by homeowners who are trying to maintain a healthy and beautiful lawn.

There are a large variety of plants that can be classified as weeds, with some species being more common in certain climates and less common in others. Here in Florida, our warm climate and frequent rain are ideal for some of the most notorious types of weeds such as crabgrass, dandelions, clover, and bull thistle.

It is important to note that weeds in a lawn are almost always a symptom of a greater issue.

While small numbers of weeds can sometimes encroach on healthy lawns, it often requires some issue with the health of the lawn to give weeds the foothold they need to establish themselves. For this reason, one of the most effective ways to deal with weeds is to ensure that you keep your lawn in excellent health. Listed below are several tips to maintaining a healthy lawn and keeping weeds away.

Fertilization:

When fertilizing your lawn, it is important to apply only as much as is directed by the packaging. If too much fertilizer is applied to a lawn, the excess can act as a nutrient source for weeds. It is also important to only apply fertilizer during growth seasons for your lawn. If the grasses in the lawn are unable to take advantage of the fertilizer, certain annual weeds can easily use the nutrients to take over your lawn.

Watering:

It is always better to water your lawn less frequently with more water at each application. If a lawn is only lightly watered, the root systems of the grasses will often be shallow. The lack of deep root systems will make the grasses weaker and provide an opportunity for weeds to sprout and where grass might otherwise choke them out.

Mowing:

When mowing your lawn, make sure to avoid mowing too close to the soil. This can weaken turf and expose surface soil to the light, which can allow weeds to sprout more easily. Typically the best setting for mowing is between 2 and 4 inches, depending on the type of mower and type of grass in your lawn.

If weeds are already established in your lawn, it can sometimes be necessary to use herbicide or weed and feed to deal with the problem.

While these types of treatments are very effective, it is extremely important to follow the instructions for the use of these products. Improper application or the use of the wrong type of product can cause major damage to your lawn.

However, just as it is with many species of invasive pests, the best way to deal with weeds is to prevent them from spreading on your lawn in the first place. Following proper lawn care procedures and dealing with any problems early will help to prevent any major problems. If you are already dealing with significant growth of weeds in your lawn, it is often best to refer to a professional service.

Here at Arrow Pest Service, we have years of experience working as both a full service pest control company and lawn care service. Our team can assess the condition of your lawn, resolve any problems with weeds or other issues, and keep your lawn in the best possible health, all at a price that fits your budget!

So if you are dealing with weeds in your lawn, or have a question about pests or lawn care, call us today at 850-874-1900!

Here’s to YOU living pest free!

Mack

PS. Don’t Forget to ask about our 3 Months FREE Pest Control Offer & 1 Month FREE Lawn Spraying!!!

PPS. Ask about our FREE Exclusive 58 Point