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Beyond Mealybugs and Aphids: Other Florida Lawn Pests

There has been an influx of new homeowners into the South Florida area. Many have heard of the damage caused by mealybugs and aphids, however, there are many other insects pests, weeds, and diseases to consider when maintaining your grass, plants, and landscape.

Introduction to Florida’s Diverse Lawn Pests

While mealybugs and aphids are well-known adversaries of the Florida gardener, several other pests also threaten the health and aesthetics of lawns and plants across the region. This blog explores additional insect culprits like sod webworms, armyworms, chinch bugs, and grubs, which can all cause severe damage if not professionally managed.

This is where it is critical to consult with a lawn pest control expert to properly identify the infesting insect, as the treatment for each can vary widely. Not to mention having to also contend with weeds and fungus disease. But don’t worry, that is why Hulett offers Free Inspections to identify exactly the exact issues with recommendations.

Common Lawn Invaders

Sod Webworms

Sod webworms are the larvae of lawn moths, typically seen as small, cream-colored caterpillars with brown spots. Like other caterpillars, they chew grass blades, resulting in thin, brown patches across the lawn and chewing damage to the leaf blades. These pests are most active during the evening, so damage often goes unnoticed until substantial harm has occurred. Treatment to the turf is the best defense against these hungry caterpillars.


Armyworms, named for their tendency to move in large numbers, are another destructive caterpillar species. These pests prefer to feed on young grass, leaving behind large, circular areas of dead or dying turf. They are particularly problematic during warm, moist periods, so they thrive in the Southeast Florida climate.

Chinch Bugs

Chinch bugs are small insects that can cause severe damage to St. Augustine grass in South Florida, primarily by sucking the grass blades’ sap and injecting a toxin that causes the grass to turn yellow and die. These pests thrive in the hot, dry conditions, like in South Florida during the dry-season, but damage can be seen from early spring throughout late fall. Effective management includes maintaining healthy grass through proper watering and mowing schedule by the homeowner or landscaper, and fertilization and treatment using eco-friendly pest control methods by lawn care experts to reduce chinch bug populations and prevent widespread damage.

It is best to call Hulett as soon as possible, because this damage can be misidentified as drought stress or sugarcane mosaic virus, so using a professional pest control company is recommended.


Grubs, the larvae of beetles, are one of the most damaging pests for Florida lawns. These white, C-shaped larvae feed on grass roots, causing the turf to become spongy and easily uprooted. If a lawn is damaged, it will feel as if the turf can just be lifted off the ground like a carpet. Severe infestations can lead to widespread turf loss, making early detection and control essential. Because grubs are in the soil, a specialized treatment is typically needed, so this is not a project to try and DIY. A professional pest control company is recommended to best control grubs.

Integrated Pest Management for Lawn Pest Control

Effective pest management extends beyond the application of insecticides. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies emphasize a well-balanced and holistic approach to taking care of the entire lawn and landscape. These practices are not only contained to the turf, but to the shrubs and plants, as well, to help against insects like scale, thrips, and caterpillar.

Watering, Fertilization, and Mowing Practices

Proper lawn care practices such as regular watering and timely mowing can enhance the lawn’s resistance to pests. Maintaining a healthy lawn through these practices reduces the likelihood of severe pest infestations and promotes quicker recovery from any damage incurred. Consult with the professionals for appropriate fertilization, as this will strengthen the turf and make it more resilient to insect pests, weeds, and disease.

Ready to Defend Your Lawn? Hulett Can Help!

When dealing with a variety of lawn pests, professional help may be necessary to effectively tackle the problem. Hulett Environmental Services offers tailored IPM solutions that address the specific challenges of South Florida lawns, ensuring your turf remains healthy and vibrant. Our expert team uses environmentally responsible methods to manage pests while preserving the overall health of your landscape.

Maintain a healthy, pest-free lawn by staying proactive in your pest management efforts. With the right care and support from Hulett, your lawn can thrive despite the challenges posed by Florida’s diverse pest population. So remember, when it comes to keeping your lawn and landscape green and healthy, Just Call Hulett.