For many reasons FERTILAWN believes that adding insecticides to the regular application is harmful to the lawn environment. If you think insects are active, call us and we will make a free service call. If we see that the lawn is affected, we will make an application of insecticide for an additional charge.

Examples of Turf Damaging Insects

Sod Webworm

The Sod Webworm is the larvae (caterpillar) of small whitish to a light gray or tan moths. Caterpillars chew on grass blades and shoots, causing irregular patches of browning turf. A significant number of moths flying around may suggest a developing problem. Probing by birds may indicate the presence of sod webworms. The damage period is Summer through early Fall. Insecticides are available and can be applied at an additional cost.
 White Moth

White Moths are the adult form of the sod webworm. The White Moth has a long snout with wings folded close to the body. Excess amounts of these moths flying around can often indicate a sod webworm problem.


Grubs are the larvae of various beetles. The “June Bug” beetle is one of the better known adult forms of the grub. Grubs feed on turf roots, causing grass to wilt, brown and possibly die. Grub infested areas may appear bumpy, dug up and turf may pull up easily. Disruption caused by birds, moles, raccoons and skunks is an indicator of grub activity. Damage periods are spring and/or fall. Insecticides are available and can be applied at an additional cost.

 Japanese Beetle

The emergence of Japanese Beetles has resulted in the outbreak of grubs. The beetles will show up in July and live about 60 days. Females will lay eggs in turf areas resulting in grub infestations. The insect itself can be identified by its copper shell with emerald green head and white tufts at rear of body. They are commonly found feeding on foliage of plants, leaving behind a “skeleton” of the leaf. Control can be accomplished by using a mixture of water and soap applied directly to the insect and plant. Commercial products are also available.


 Aphids are light green, soft bodied and pear shaped. Because of their size, they are very difficult to identify. They feed by sucking plant juices from the leaf and injecting toxic saliva to the foliage. Leaf tissue will turn yellow to orange. Damage often occurs under trees. Insecticides are available and can be applied at an additional cost.