Annual Bluegrass Weevils are serious pests of close-cut annual bluegrass. Adults are relatively small dark gray Beetles (about 1/8 inch), covered with a yellowish fine hair that falls away as the Weevil matures. Larvae are white, C-shaped grubs with a brown head that eat such plants as rhododendrons.
There are many different kinds of Ants found in the United States. All Ants have three body parts, three sets of legs and a round abdomen. They range in color from yellow to reddish-brown to black and also range in size, up to ½ inch long.
Black Widow Spiders
With a body roughly the size of a dime, mature female Black Widow Spiders are shiny, jet black and usually have a red to orange hourglass-shape mark on the underside of the abdomen. They are most likely to attack when provoked or accidentally touched. Males are smaller and less likely to bite.
Brown Recluse Spiders
Brown Recluse Spiders are light-to-dark brown, about 1/3 to 1/2 inch in length, with a violin-shaped white marking on their backs. This marking gives them the nickname "Fiddle Spider." As their name suggests, they are often found in secluded spaces, like under rocks in the outdoors, under sinks, in crawlspaces and in boxes indoors.
Chiggers are the larval form of tiny mites and are extremely hard to see with the naked eye. Chiggers have six legs, are red in color, and are about 1/60th of an inch long.
Fire Ants are red and black ants, they range from ⅛ in to ⅜ inch in length, that build large nests or mounds in the ground. The mounds can reach one to two feet in height with underground tunnels that can be up to 15 feet deep.
Fleas are small, biting pests, about ⅛ inch long that leave irritable, nasty sores on their hosts, including people and pets.
Adult Japanese Beetles are ½-inch long, oval-shaped hard-shelled bugs with metallic green and copper wings. An adult Japanese beetle can often be seen in clusters of 20 or more hanging from different types of fruits and flowers. Learns the ins and outs of these pests and how to get rid of Japanese beetles.
Mosquitoes are Flies, with a single pair of wings, six long legs, and a long pointed proboscis (mouth parts) used for feeding. Only female Mosquitoes consume blood. Male Mosquitoes feed on sweet plant products – nectar from flowers, fruit juices and liquids that ooze from plants.
Scorpions are arachnids, making them closely related to Spiders, Ticks and Mites. Most Scorpions have long, slender bodies that can range from 1-7 inches long in length and have a distinctive, five-segmented tail tipped with a stinger that arches over their back. They have two distinctive pinchers on their front appendages. Scorpions can be yellow, blue, reddish-brown, or black. They like to hide under rocks, boards and other protective objects or dwellings.
Sod Webworm is a pest especially of bluegrass lawns. The adult is gray-tan, small moth (½ to ¾ inches in length) that flies in an irregular zig-zag pattern over the turf, usually late in the day near dusk. Female moths can deposit as many as 200 eggs. The larvae themselves are ¼ to ¾ inch long gray or light brown caterpillars with black spots. They hide during the day in silky white tubes in the soil, and feed on the turf grass at night.
Ticks are arachnids, like Spiders and Mites. They are very small (1/16 inch to 1/8 inch before feeding) and can be reddish-brown or pinkish-grey with a leathery texture. Ticks wait for a proper host, often a warm-blooded animal such as a deer, pet, or person to walk near the plant or grass they are perched on, then let go and climb onto their host.
Lawn Grubs, often called White Grubs, are the immature form of different Scarab Beetles, such as Japanese Beetles, June Bugs (Beetles) or European Chafers. These white, C-shaped creatures have soft bodies with legs near the head. Most Scarab Beetles have a one-year life cycle; June Beetles have a three-year cycle. Timing varies by beetle species and region, but generally adults emerge from the soil from mid May-August, and mate and lay eggs from 2-3 weeks thereafter.