Leatherjackets (Crane Fly Lava commonly known as Daddy Long Legs)
Between July and September Crane fly, more commonly known as “Daddy long legs”, lay hundreds of eggs in lawns across the country. The recent mild wet winters have led to a huge increase in the leather jacket population. The eggs then hatch between late autumn and early spring with a ‘maggot like’ leather jacket larvae emerging which feeds on the grass roots and shoots.
Leatherjackets favour very wet soils, therefore winters that are very wet help the leatherjacket populations. However leatherjackets are very susceptible to drought in the early stages of their life. We are able to quickly identify insect damage and our treatments are safe, efficient and effective and also much cheaper than replacing large sections of your lawn.
With its prawn like appearance the white grey plump larvae of the chafer beetle can seriously damage the root system of your lawn. Damage is usually noticeable in the late summer and autumn. In severe cases where the roots of the turf have been eaten through and badly damaged, you will be able lift your turf off the soil surface by hand.
If you notice patches of lawn browning and dying and large numbers of birds, particularly larger bird varieties pecking your lawn, you probably have an insect problem. Please act quickly and contact LawnPro as delays will result in increased damage.
Worms and Wormcasts
Worms and worm casts are one of the most common lawn problems during the autumn and winter period when the soil is wet. Despite of these benefits that worms have, the disadvantages of worms out weight the advantages of worms in lawns. It is the casts that cause the most problems as they create muddy conditions, and they also provide an ideal seed bed for weeds. They also encourage moles, as worms are the main food source of moles.
LawnPro has a range of products that discourages the earthworm from depositing casts on your lawn by encouraging them to dig down deeper into the soil.
Moles invade lawns and gardens in search of food, they do not damage lawns for fun they are establishing a set of tunnels to trap worms. Moles dislike noise, vibration and strong smells. Moth balls have been recommended but we have mixed reports about their efficiency.
We can treat your lawn to encourage the worms (food source) to borrow deeper and avoid their tunnels. Without a regular supply of worms for food, hopefully the moles move away to hunt for food elsewhere. Traps and poisons are not the answer but very profitable for the mole catcher. If you kill one mole in our experience another one replaces it until the food source is gone!
The LawnPro Pest & Insect Control Service is quick, affordable and highly effective, so why not take advantage of our FREE lawn analysis and contact us now on 01785 859355 or 07984 492182 or use our Contact Form.