Pest/Weed Control

Residential Managed Pest/Weed Control | Commercial Pest/Weed Control

 

We offer two levels of lawn service programs to meet your turf care needs:

'Single Service' – Single Application

   

'All Inclusive Program' – See Below

Managed Lawn Pest Control Spraying for Damaging Insects Such As:

 

  • Drywood Termites - Termites cause more physical damage, yearly, than all natural disasters combined. Drywood Termites are found throughout the state of Florida, especially near coastlines.

  • Sod Webworms - They are a landscape pest that can cause serious damage to your landscape. Sod webworms are small lawn caterpillars that are drawn to rich looking lawns that are healthy and lush. These inch-long, leaf chewing caterpillars are light green and brown in color, feed on your grass blades and leave it looking like a badly cut lawn.     Here are a few tips to know and be on the lookout for in your lawn:

    • Check for brown spots or uneven, jagged-edged lengths of grass in your lawn – this is a potential sign your lawn is under attack. St. Augustine grass lawns are most commonly attacked by sod webworms but they can feed in other types of grass as well.

    • It is common to find them feeding first in small patches of crabgrass so pay close attention to these weedy patches as an early warning sign.

    • White spots on grass blades indicate that young sod webworm caterpillars are present, where they scrape the leaf surface and leave only the veins of each blade.

    • Look for small, brownish-gray moths flying around in the late afternoon. These are adult versions of this pest that can indicate a new wave of caterpillars could be on their way. The tiny caterpillars will hide in the soil but you may also see green pellets that they leave behind on grass blades.

  • Chinch Bugs - The most damaging insect pest of St. Augustine grass is the chinch bug and depending on the location, one to several generations of chinch bugs can occur each year. Their damage is caused when they suck the juices from grass blades and inject toxins back into the leaf blade. Chinch bug activity often starts during the drier part of the year in many southern areas and is often first noticed in water-stressed areas such as along sidewalks or in poorly irrigated areas. Therefore, conditions such as poor irrigation design, insufficient watering, or both, help to exacerbate the problem.

    • Chinch Bug Identification: Adult chinch bugs are about 1/5 of an inch long and black with white patches on the wings. The white patches can sometimes resemble the shape of an “X” on the back. The young nymphs range from 1/20 inch long to nearly 1/5 of an inch. The small nymphs are reddish with a white band across the back, but become black in color as they approach adult size. Adult chinch bugs will sometimes hibernate in the winter. All stages of life are present year-round in most of the state of Florida due to the warm climate, but the primary time of activity in most states is April through October. Their eggs are laid in leaf sheaths or pushed into soft soil and other protected places. In the summer, the eggs hatch in 10 days and the young develop to adults in three weeks. It takes about 20 chinch bugs per square foot to cause damage.

    • What Does Damage Look Like: Symptoms appear as irregular patches of lawn that resemble drought stress. These areas gradually turn yellow and then brown. The dead turf will have a yellowing on the outside margin and the growth of the yellowed grass will be stunted. Weeds will also begin filling in the dead areas.

  • Whitefly - If you’ve started to see damage to your trees and shrubs and you live in South Florida, there’s a possibility you may have whiteflies! There are currently two different whitefly species that have been invading South Florida. What’s worse, these flies are spreading rapidly through neighborhoods and can cause damage to trees and shrubs in just weeks! Whitefly eggs are laid under leaf surfaces. When the eggs hatch, “crawlers” crawl across the leaf until they find a spot to feed and remain there until reaching the adult stage. Once whiteflies reach the adult stage, they no longer feed on the plant. If you suspect you may have a whitefly problem, have Wellington Pro Lawn inspect it and provide a customized treatment plan to eliminate them and protect your trees and shrubs from future infestations.

    • Fichus Fig Whitefly - A very damaging pest to many of the Fichus species. Severe infestations will cause massive leaf drop and defoliation. If the foliage has been disturbed, there will be clouds of tiny, white, gnat-like adult whiteflies flying from the foliage. The adult whitefly is yellow in color with white wings that have a faint gray band towards the middle of the wing.

    • Rugose Whitefly - Will infest a wide range of plants. They do not typically cause as much damage as the Fichus Fig Whitefly, but will produce an abundance of white, waxy material and egg masses laid in spiral patterns. They also leave behind a honeydew residue that can damage pools, stain sidewalks and lead to sooty mold.

  • Mole Cricket - There are many different types of pests that can cause damage to your lawn, with mole crickets being one of them, especially at this time of year. Mole crickets have been estimated to cause more than $30 million a year in lawn damage, particularly in Florida. These crickets are nocturnal and spend nearly all of their life underground burrowing as deep as 30 inches. Their damage is caused by tunneling as well as feeding on your lawn’s root system. Mole crickets are large crickets, cinnamon brown in color, and range from 1.25 – 1.5 inches in length. Eggs are deposited in chambers hollowed out in the soil, averaging 6 inches or deeper. A female excavates 3-5 egg chambers and will deposit approximately 35 eggs per chamber. The eggs hatch around 20 days later and the new crickets will tunnel to the surface to feed in the upper soil. During their immature and adult stages, mole crickets develop and occupy extensive tunnel systems. Young mole crickets are active leapers, but adults are not. They use their legs to crawl and push themselves through the soil. Mole crickets are good fliers and may fly in enormous numbers where they may be attracted to lights on buildings. Bahia grass tends to be their preferred type of grass.

 

**All-Inclusive Program**

  • We will monitor the turf and treat for any problems concerning insects, disease, weeds, and fertility.

  • Every other month, six treatments per year. Each application will include nutrients and insecticide for turf-damaging insects. Disease control applied at any occasion of activity.

  • Quarterly Service, four treatments per year, at three month intervals. Each application will include dry fertilizer and an insecticide for turf-damaging insects. Disease and weed control applied at any occurrence of activity for locations in Wellington.

  • Semi-Annual Service, two treatments per year, normally in the Spring and Fall. Both applications include a dry fertilizer and an insecticide for turf-damaging insects. Disease and weed control applied at any occurrence of activity.

  • One-Time Service Selective application of nutrients and/or insecticides and/or fungicides and herbicides for specific turf situations.

 

If you’re having trouble maintaining a green and healthy lawn because of damage done by insects or weeds, contact Wellington Pro Lawn today at (561) 790 - LAWN for a free landscape inspection. We also offer a comprehensive landscape maintenance program catered to the specific needs of your landscape. We are the best Commercial lawn care & landscape service professionals! Give us a call now!