Category Archives: Pest Control

Pest Control

Lawn pests. The unwelcome summer guests that can crash your planned parties. After all the time and effort you go through to make your landscape beautiful, these small invaders can destroy it without even trying. Let us at VIRIDIS Lawn Care of Saragtoga Springs help you protect your lawn from this devastation. We can prevent or cure infestations of common pests so that your time, money, and effort isn’t wasted.

With such a variety of pests that can damage your landscape, determining which is your nemesis can require a professional. Some pests feed on leaves and blades while others feed on roots. Some cause damage without eating but through tunneling or creating homes. Knowing the insect that is causing devastation is key to properly treating. Some pests need to be killed during specific phases of their development. Applying treatment during other phases could be completely ineffective.

There are some precautions you can take to reduce the appeal of your lawn as a breeding ground for bugs. Doing these things will also prove helpful for treating infestations.

Watering and mowing habits are the most influential of your normal tasks in preventing and removing pests. Mow grass 3 inches high and don’t allow it to become overgrown. Water deeply and infrequently. Don’t allow your lawn to dry out. Besides creating a perfect habitat for pests, ignoring these suggestions will weaken your lawn’s health.

Hiring a professional such as VIRIDIS Lawn Care of Saratoga Springs to care for your lawn is the best decision you could make to protect your grass from damage.  We provide excellent service because we believe you should be able to enjoy your lawn throughout the warm summer months without having to worry about anything, especially invasions from unwanted guests, of the insect variety at least.

Give us a call today for a consultation at 801-367-9961 so you can rest easy knowing your landscape is in good hands.

Mole Cricket Nymphs

Mole crickets are a relative of grasshoppers and crickets but they mainly live underground. They pass through three life stages, transforming during each phase. Below, we’ll focus mainly on the nymph or newly hatched phase of the mole crickets’ lifespan.

Females lay their eggs underground in damp soil. Once hatched, the mole cricket nymphs continue to live below the surface, feeding on plants that are nearby. There can be as many as 60 eggs in each clutch but the soil must remain moist for the eggs to hatch and the nymphs to survive.

As the mole cricket nymphs grow, they go through several transitions called molts. They begin to look more like adult mole crickets as they continue growing. Nymphs are smaller but as they reach adulthood, they can reach nearly 1.5 inches, depending on the variety. The biggest noticeable difference between a nymph and an adult mole cricket (besides their size) is the lack of wings. Wings are only found on adults but vary in size and functionality based on species.

Mole crickets nymphs have front legs specially made for digging and hind legs, that, while they may resemble a true cricket’s, aren’t actually very good for jumping. Instead, these hind legs assist in pushing dirt.

Mole crickets spend most of the year being very active. They slow during the winter, spending it underground as nymphs or adults. Eggs don’t survive the cold weather well but when the warmth of spring returns, they resume activity.

Mole crickets don’t normally present a large threat to lawn health but they can be a nuisance or, if they are in large enough numbers, they can damage the roots of your grass. Knowing how to identify these creatures can help you determine whether they are a threat or the cause of lawn issues you may have. Eliminating them is easiest during the nymph and egg stage as they are more vulnerable.

If you suspect lawn pests causing issues for your landscape, call us today for a consultation!