Turf Insects

Turf Insects: -

To identify an insect problem, there are few points to bear in mind.

-        What is the spectrum of insects that could possibly be in the area?

-        Insect’s life cycles.

-        Damage type they cause.

-         The normal season in which they cause the problem,

The turf insects are divided into two categories:

1.      Surface insects:

e.g :- Armyworms, Cut worms, Chinch bugs, Flea Bette, Hyperboles Weevil, Sod Web Worm, Vegetable Weevil.

2.      Sub Surface Insects:

e.g : Bermuda Turf  Mites. Billbug Grubs, White Grubs, Gravel Pearls, Mole Crickets, Nematodes

Due to the fact that an insect has different life cycle stages, it may be surface active at one stage of its development and sub surface active at another.  Surface insects usually destroy grass by chewing blades or extracting plant justice.  Quite often, they burrow into the thatch on lower turf debris during the day and do their greatest damage at night.  On the other hand, sub surface insects typically destroy turf by devouring grass rotes.

To bring the insect to the surface, flood a small area with a mild detergent solution repeat the process in several places.  The detergent solution irritates the skin of the insect, forcing it to come out of the turf.  Don’t anticipate an immediate reaction, wait at least five minutes.

Article submitted by: Eng. Zahra Abdul Malik – BGC Chairperson 2014/2015

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