What’s Destroying My Lawn: A Guide to Spring Pests in Michigan

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It’s May in Michigan, which means while we prepare our yards for spring, pests are emerging to feed on your lawns. At Go Green, we know how much you cherish your landscapes, and we also see the damage pests can cost homeowners. That’s why we have put together a list of spring pests to help you identify common lawn pests before they put a dent in your yard and your wallet.

The Grub/June Buggrubs on shovel

Grubs are the number one cause of lawn problems in Michigan. These little worms have a ferocious appetite that can turn your beautiful landscapes into a dusty wasteland if they aren’t controlled. Grub is the larval stage of June bugs and Japanese beetles. They hatch in the spring and go to work feeding on the tender roots of your grass. In the summer, they emerge as adult beetles and continue to feed on the foliage of trees and shrubs. Then they mate and deposit a new batch of eggs in your yard. It’s common to see one or two grubs in your yard, but when there are more than a dozen in one square foot of yard, then you have a grub problem.


If you have a grub problem, then it won’t be long before you have a mole problem. Moles have a fantastic sense of smell, and if you have a grub problem, they will know it before you do. Moles can do considerable damage to your lawn as they feed underground. Their tunnels push turf up and disturb roots. These hollow tunnels can be used later for pests like chipmunks and yellow jackets. Moles sometimes breach the surface, piling unsightly mounds of earth and rock in your yard, which must be dealt with before you mow your yard. While there have been as many different mole mole on a dirt piletraps as mouse traps, some of them work, but most do not. The only sure way to be rid of moles is to eliminate their source of food, Grubs. 

Chinch Bugs

Do you have stubborn patches of dead grass that doesn’t seem to green up? Lack of water may not be the problem. Look closer. The issue may be caused by tiny insects called chinch bugs. Chinch bugs feed on your grass by sucking the nutrients out of the individual blades. Once they finish, they move on to the next blade, leaving in their wake, patches of dead and dying grass.

Sod Webworms

Sod webworms damage lawns by cutting down blades of grass like little lumberjacks. They take these blades into their web-like nests and feed on them until they turn into adults. As they continue to feed on your grass, they can create low areas of unsightly brown patches that could take all season to repair.

Invest in a Lawn Care Service

At Go Green Lawn Care, our local technicians have years of experience dealing with lawn pests in southeast Michigan. Our lawn care program is designed to give your yard the nutrients it needs while protecting it from invasive pests. At Go Green, we care about the environment, which is why we only use lake-safe products for insect and disease control so you can be confident you are making an environmentally responsible choice for lawn and tree care!

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