Common Winter Lawn and Garden Pests

Common Winter Lawn and Garden Pests

A lot of homeowners assume that when the weather turns cold, they will not have to worry about the common winter lawn and garden pests. This is untrue as there are many insects and other creatures that can cause damage to your lawn during or after winter. The best way to prevent most of these pests is to start a preventative plan that can keep the pests at bay. Valley Green has a variety of pest control and repellent products that can keep these common winter lawn and garden pests far away.

Common Winter Lawn and Garden Pests

Grubs

Grubs winter underneath the soil and patiently await to reemerge in spring to eat grass shoots, transform into beetles (which are also pests). Not only do grubs destroy grass shoots, but they also offer a reliable snack for moles. Moles can also destroy turf. The best way to prevent grubs is to use a preventative method and insecticide in the spring and summer.

Chinch Bugs
These insects are not only tough but they’re destructive and able to survive winter weather. Chinch bugs suck the juice out of grass and inject it with an obstructive liquid. The grass withers and dies while the insects grow and prosper. Chinch bugs spend their winters hiding in thatch and dead trees. Preventing chinch bug infestations means taking away their hiding places and keeping your lawn healthy and hydrated.

Rabbits
Rabbits are and always have been opportunistic eaters. They will readily eat any plants no matter the season. Rabbits leave certain things behind such as droppings, footprints, and they tend to have a distinct 45-degree angle bite on small twigs and young plants. If you notice this damage, it might be time to put a fence up to keep the critters out.

Deer
Deer frequent the yards of homeowners in the winter when food is scarce. They can damage trees and plants and when standing on the hind legs, deer can reach over 4 feet high. Damaged trees and plants are less likely to survive the harshness of winter weather. The best way to prevent deer from causing damage is to use a repellent. We recommend DeerPro Repellents which can be purchased at all of our retail locations.

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