In the picturesque state of Colorado, we have a problem with lawn mites. These tiny creatures might go unnoticed, but the damage they leave in their wake certainly will not. They can ravage your attractive lawn, leaving you with problems that might take a while to correct.
At Lawn Doctor, we want to arm you with the latest knowledge about these pests. Four specific types of lawn mites are a persistent problem in Colorado. It’s important you learn about each one and what can be done to control the problem.
These mites are difficult to see, considering they’re smaller than the head of a pin. They breed on grass, clover, or other plants from the fall until the early portion of May.
If left to spread, you’ll find clover mites in your home, especially during warm fall or spring days. They can infest the walls, carpet, furniture, and even the drapes. If you crush one, it will leave a stain that’s rusty red in color.
The biggest danger is to your lawn:
- They congregate in warm, dry portions of the grass, like near your house foundation
- Damage to the grass blades are silver streaks that zig-zag
- As the clover mite population grows, entire sections of your lawn might die
Banks Grass Mites
This type of lawn mite will damage your lawn quickly, killing it without intervention. These are typically green or pale. Banks grass mites do well in hot weather, so they can be a threat to your lawn throughout most of the season.
- Damaged grass looks like straw
- In the early stages of feeding, the grass has white flecking, and sometimes it turns slightly purple
- Once these mites take hold of a lawn, they can damage it quickly
Drought-stricken grass can transform from stressed to death in a hurry when these mites attack.
Brown Wheat Mites
You’ll see lawns affected by this mite usually in the spring. Unlike clover mite damage, you’ll see the grass damage in areas away from your house’s foundation, especially hills that face south. The lawn will turn brown in these areas, but can bounce back if you water and fertilize properly.
Winter Grain Mites
These little mites are a nuisance to Colorado lawns. They have a dark brown body, plus reddish-orange legs you can’t miss. They plant and hatch two generations of mites from September to about April, with the population dying back in the heat of the summer. Lawn damage from winter grain mites looks silvery-gray, with severe damage turning grass blade tips brown. They will often dig several inches into the soil under the grass.
You aren’t helpless when it comes to lawn mites. All four of these species can be controlled through some simple measures:
- Keep the grass well-watered, even in the late winter or early spring, as well as the late fall. Areas where the lawn stays dry need to be points of concentration, since these mites infest where the grass is dry.
- Certain pesticides can at least keep these mites in check. For help with selecting and applying these lawn mite control treatments, contact Lawn Doctor today.