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Utah Lawn Care: Dealing with the Cranberry Girdler

An important part of Utah lawn care is recognizing when you have a pest problem and knowing how to get rid of them. The

Utah Lawn Care: Dealing with the Cranberry Girdler

Utah Lawn Care: Dealing with the Cranberry Girdler

Cranberry Girdler is a pest that normally doesn’t appear until July, but you may see the signs of infestation as early as April. This is why it is important to understand this pest now to prevent problems this season.

What does a Cranberry Girdler look like?

The in its pupae stage, Cranberry Girdler, or web worm is approximately three-quarters of an inch long and are either gray or dirty-white. As an adult, it is a buff-colored moth that has brown stripes and three black dots on its wing tips. The worm stays underground, so you won’t see it unless you pull up a patch of earth. The moth appears at night and you may see it in your yard if you have an infestation.

What are the signs of a Cranberry Girdler infestation?

  • Normally appears between July and September
  • If you have a dried out patch of lawn and you can remove it as one large piece this is a possible sign of infestation
  • If you see the adult moths hovering over the infected areas of your lawn at night your lawn is most likely infected with the pest

How do you get rid of a Cranberry Girdler infestation?

If you treat the affected areas of your lawn with an insecticide you should be able to remove the pest. If your lawn is made of turf grass, or you have cranberry bushes or Douglas firs your property is vulnerable to this type of pest. If you irrigate and use fertilizers you can help decrease the risk of an infestation and if your lawn is healthy it stands a good chance of recovering from the blight.

Utah lawn care can be the cause of a Cranberry Girdler infestation. If you overly maintain your lawn you may attract the pest. Maintain a careful balance in your lawn chores and you can help decrease the chance of this pest visiting your property. If you have any questions about Utah lawn care, the Cranberry Girdler, or any other lawn pest, feel free to contact us for help.

White Grubs: The Illusion of Draught

You’ve applied herbicides, insecticides, and taken pains to root out the weeds and pests in your lawn;  You’ve carefully gauged the hydration of your yard, applied the latest and greatest watering techniques, and ensured that you’ve tempered the height of your lawn according to the standards of the season; You’ve been thorough, devoted, and passionate in your pursuit of a lush, healthy green lawn; yet sadly, despite your best efforts, the dry brown patches typical to draught in the Summer months have begun to set in.

Little is more frustrating than seeing your hard work come to naught.

If your lawn seems like its drying out despite constant watering and maintenance, the problem may not be dehydration.  Though gray-green coloring, wilting, and uneven patches are the signs typical to poor hydration during the hot months, they are literally the exact same symptoms of a white grub infestation.

Happily, testing for white grubs is nearly as easy as eliminating them.  Locate affected areas, pull up on the wilted grass firmly, and, if the issue is indeed white grubs, the grass will pull up evenly and the little white monsters will be visible and exposed.

Looking to wipe out the squirming root demons chomping at your lawn?  Carefully apply insecticide directly to the affected areas and check back periodically (once or so a week) for results.  The process should work quickly, and as the white grubs die the spread of brown patches will cease and the little grubs will be dead on top of the soil.


White grubs become especially prominent during the later Summer months.  Check for them as July sets in and ensure you take care of them quickly (they spread fairly rapidly).  For more information on White Grubs, feel free to check our Lawn Tips section at http://turfplusutah.com/tips/


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