Mercer's Lawn Service Division
- Insect Control to kill all unwanted insects
in your lawn
aplication for common and hard to control weeds
- Fungicide application
- Fertilizer applications, 4 to 6 times
per year, both liquid and dry
- Application of Micro Nutrients, for
the health of your lawn
Pest Control Services:
We treat a variety of Florida lawn
pests. We would be very happy to schedule an inspection to determine
the proper treatment or prevention program for your lawn.
Below we have listed some of the most common pests found
in our area.
If you have seen these pests or the
damage caused by these pests in your lawn, seek professional help before
there is serious damage.
sap from plants from root to uppermost leaves, causing dwarfing, lodging,
and yield reduction.
most common lawn caterpillar in our area is the tropical sod webworm.
Larvae cut off blades of grass near thatch line, pull them into tunnels
to feed, causing small brown patches. Eggs are deposited on the grass
blades and hatch in about 1 week. Larvae feed on the grass blades and
within 3 weeks can cause extensive damage. Damaged
grass blades appear notched on sides and are chewed raggedly. Irregular
brown spots are the first signs of damage.
ants are very aggressive! Their sting can cause allergic reactions.
The colonies can reach upwards of 500,000.
will bite humans! The bite will often leave a small, red, irritated
area on humans.
blood-suckers can be a stubborn pest to eliminate if given a chance
to take hold. Most ticks spend their life on or near the ground, waiting
for a host. Most ticks will feed on blood from a wide variety
Certain ticks carry diseases such as Rocky Mountain spotted fever,
Lyme disease, typhus, rickettsial pox, relapsing fever, tularemia,
Colorado tick fever and Texas cattle fever. Another health threat
posed by certain ticks attacking humans and other animals involves a poorly
understood condition called "tick paralysis."
ticks feed mostly on deer, cattle, and other large animals, but they
will feed on people when they get a chance. They inflict a painful
bite. Deer ticks can also carry Lyme disease.
Does your lawn have dead brown
consume roots, you must seek professional treatment in order to regain
control over your lawn.
Does your lawn have wilted,
dead or dying grass?
hatch and spend most of their life beneath the soil feeding on underground
plant parts. They have long life cycles lasting from several months
to two or three years. Grubs destroy the roots, and leave the tops of
your grass to wither and die.
bugs have a pair of jaws at the tip of a long snout which resembles
a bill. Their hatching larvae feed within the stems, the
larger larvae feed on the crown and the mature larvae feed on
the roots of the turf.
crickets lay eggs in underground cells in the spring. The eggs hatch
in 2 to 4 weeks. Nymphs feed and grow through the summer, and become
adults in the fall. They spend the winter deep in the soil but
come to the surface to feed during warm periods. The most damaging
species of mole crickets feed on grass beneath the soil's surface.
Both young and adults burrow beneath the soil and make small tunnels.
Mole crickets will build up in an area and completely destroy the grass,
leaving bare ground if left untreated.
Does your lawn have irregular
spots of yellowish turf and dead spots?
colored eggs are deposited in bits of hollow stems and other debris.
Nymphs hatch in about two weeks and begin to feed by sucking juices
from the grass. They cover themselves with a frothy mass known as spittle.
Does the grass in your
lawn appear to be cut off close to the ground?
Several kinds of lawn caterpillars including sod web worms, army
worms, cutworms and grass loopers may cause damage to all turfgrass.
turf appears ragged with individual blades showing signs of chewing
damage. When numerous, they may devour the grass down to the ground.
or stems may be cut off.
Other Lawn Pests
ants can sometimes cause more damage to structures than termites.
They are difficult insects to control and can cause extensive damage
to wood in a fairly short period of time. Carpenter ants do not
actually eat wood but excavate nesting sites.
The most common way in which homes become infested is through
emigration of an existing colony. Houses located near wooded
areas or brush covered vacant lots are good candidates for infestation.
Carpenter ant colonies are inclined to move if they are disturbed, as
often happens during construction. Thus, new homes or those surrounding
a new building lot present likely locations for attack. They rarely
cause structural damage to buildings. Most damage is cosmetic.
Large Cockroach (Palmetto)
nymphs have broad yellow bands on the top of the thorax. This cockroach
is commonly found in leaf mulch, wood piles and under rotting logs.
have four pairs of legs. They also have a stinger at the tip of the
tail, which has six segments. The stinger can cause a painful sting.
Scorpions usually are found outdoors under logs and debris.
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