Fleas, Ticks, Chiggers...


Warm weather brings annoying pests like ants, fleas, ticks, and chiggers. This year the summer bug invasion will be quicker than Putin into Crimea. Just like the Russians, the threat of economic sanctions will not prevent or remove these menacing marauders from invading your lawn.

Know thy enemies

There are two kinds of insects waiting to march into your lawn. One chew on you and your pets, the other prefers to eat on your grass, shrubs and trees. The first category includes ants, fleas, ticks, chiggers and mosquitoes that bite or suck blood from warm blooded mammals including you and your pets. Besides being uncomfortable, these bug bites can spread infections like Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. They can also ruin a picnic or patio party for you and your children.

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An army travels on its stomach

The second category of lawn insects is those that chew or suck on your grass, trees and shrubs instead of your legs. It’s easy to know when you have chiggers because they bite your leg. However, the unseen enemy is always the most fearsome. When sod webworms, pill bugs, crickets, grass hoppers and chinch bugs attack your lawn, it is much harder to see. Homeowners may not discover the damage until their lawn turns brown. Don’t wait until these hidden invaders have taken over your property. Draw your red line, now! De-escalate their potential for damage and restore a pest-free sanctuary in your yard. Apply Critter Gitters now!

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Look for signs

The buildup of troops around your borders will begin as the bugs hatch. The first signs can be seen on the windshield of your car; another is the screen door of your patio or deck. Once you start cleaning bugs off your windshield and swatting brown June bugs, it is time to call out the rapid response team to defend your lawn from the impending invasion.

Choose your weapon

Liquid Critter Gitters such as Bifen or Cyonara are perfect for getting into those hard to reach areas, but they also should be watered in after twenty-four hours. When spraying, make sure to spray dog kennels, tall grass, bushes, low hanging tree branches and the foundation of the house. Liquid insecticides will give good general control of nuisance pests, as well as, mosquitoes. Spray in the early morning or late evening when wind drift is at a minimum.


Diverse Tactics

If liquid controls are not doable, apply granular Critter Gitter insecticides, using a broadcast spreader, Critter Gitter granules will control surface feeding insects as well as those in the crown of the grass plant. Insects continue to hatch in your lawn throughout the summer. Some good news is both categories of insects are controlled using liquid or granule Critter Gitters or in combination. Apply in late afternoon and water for thirty minutes after application.

Timing is crucial

The first application is the most important. Wait for warm temperatures to ensure the first hatch is well underway. Bugs that hatch early in the summer will continue to multiply until September. An effective control May or June can interrupt this process and significantly reduce problems later and for complete season long control an application once a month may be necessary.

Never surrender

A wise man once said, "If you are confused about what to do, it is a sign that your enemy is winning." Come on down to your nearest Grass Pad Battle Command Headquarters. Our staff can help you with an effective battle plan to defend your turf and garden.