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Bugs to Watch Out for This Spring!

According to a recent article from NC State Turf Files, We’re seeing early activity of Japanese Beetles and Fall Army Worm Larvae which also means we can expect Bagworms early, too. While this may sound alarming, it is not a true indicator of the severity of pests this year, and we do have treatment options available.
If Japanese Beetles have been a concern of yours in the past, you’re likely already on the Systemic Insect Control plan, in which you received treatment in March. While treatment has been applied, it does typically take 30-60 days for the systemic to work it’s way from the roots and into the leaves, and will then last in the leaves for up to 9 months. Please keep in mind, the beetles will still find their way to your beloved flowering shrubs, however damage will be much more minimal than without treatment as the bugs will bite the leaves and die off rather than continue feeding. Not sure if you’ve had this treatment? Feel free to ask and we will review your account.
 
If you have not yet signed up for the Systemic Insect Control package and have noticed Japanese Beetles or would like to take measures to minimize damage, we can offer an insecticide treatment. We do still recommend signing on for the Systemic treatment in 2024  as that is truly the best way to see results, but keep in mind you’ll need it applied 30-60 days in advance!
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Now, let’s discuss Fall Armyworms! Fall Armyworms are caterpillars which target lawns and start under hardscapes such as side walks, drive ways, and patios. They move in a line formation and can wipe out a lawn quickly. To check if you have these, dump a bucket of soapy water along the edges the good green grass and the edge of the tanned out grass. The worms hate the soapy water and will rise to the top.
 
As far as treatments go, if Fall Armyworms are detected in your lawn, an immediate insecticide is recommended. If you do not have active armyworms but would like to act preventatively, we have a more aggressive insecticide that can act as a preventative treatment. Please note, while this is a preventative route, it is not 100% and Fall Army Worms could still appear.
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Last bug but never least, Bagworms! Bagworms are another caterpillar form which feed on your evergreen trees & shrubs by encasing themselves in the foliage which grows larger as they move through their food source. Similar to Armyworms, they can eat & encase through your privacy screening in mere days. When Bagworms are spotted, it’s important to work quickly in removing as many sacks as possible from the tree and dispose of them off site.
 
If you’re not yet signed up for treatment and would like to be preventative, we can provide a quote for an insecticide. If you are already signed up for treatment for Bagworms, you can expect to see us a little earlier this year at the start of June.

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