The threat to your lawn from the heat of summer is coming to an end, but the threat to your lawn in the form of root and leaf eating grubs, caterpillars and insects remains; some of these nasty critters can keep attacking right through the months of autumn. Now is the time to safeguard against them.
Army worm are on the march! Army worm can scalp an entire lawn in just a few days! Make sure you take action urgently if you see these pests in large numbers ‘marching’ their way across your lawn.
What to look for
If you have brown or straw-like patches in your lawn, or your lawn’s
leaves are disappearing, you may have an infestation of these grubs.
Look for the telltale sign of small green droppings, which are basically
your old lawn! Also look for white/grey moths, which is another
indication of a problem.
Cutworms, armyworms and sod webworms are some of the creatures that
can ravage your lawn. They feed on your lawn’s leaves, becoming moths
following their pupae stage. The lifecycle of these lawn grubs is about
30 to 40 days, which means they can occur several times over summer and
Adult black beetles can cause a problem in large numbers. They shouldn’t be much of a problem in smaller numbers though and can in fact be beneficial to some lawns.
What to apply
Lawn Solutions Grub Guard
can take care of these pests. It can be used after an attack from, for
example, bugs and aphids, and prior to an attack from grubs. Grub Guard
is ideal for smaller areas and resolving initial infestations. To ensure
grubs are eradicated, you reapply Grub Guard two weeks after an initial
application. This is especially important because eggs can take two to
five weeks to hatch. A re-application at this point ensures that any
missed eggs or grubs are eliminated.
If you need to treat an adult black beetle problem in autumn or winter, you can apply Grub Guard. If you can’t get hold of some Grub Guard you can try Baythroid Advanced Insect Killer For Lawns, which is available from Bunnings. This also kills adult black beetles.
can also eradicate cutworms, armyworms and sod webworms. Acelepryn is
ideal for larger areas and long-term pest control. It provides
protection for up to six months. This is why we recommend Acelepryn.
Acelepryn provides safe and effective control of these bugs, while
minimising the impact on the environment and non-target organisms, such
as bees and earthworms. Therefore, now is a great time to spread it and
protect your lawn.
Acelepryn insecticide provides season-long control of grubs and
caterpillars in a single application. The efficiency and longevity of
performance of this product means your lawn is free of trouble for
longer and because Acelepryn is exempt from poison scheduling, personal
protection requirements are reduced. As well, Acelepryn GR is a
non-spray option, which means it’s easier to use.
Acelepryn kills the larvae of Black Beetle, which are present
from about November to March, so an application of this for treating
Black Beetle is best applied in September.
Pests such as insects and caterpillars remain a threat to your lawn through autumn, but they’re easily controlled with the right choice of insecticide. A little knowledge about the lifecycle of these pests aids in the decision. With products such as Acelepryn and Grub Guard you can protect your lawn against attacks for many months.