Aphids are small, green insects about 1/16 inch long. They are a sucking insect and withdraw plant fluids as they feed. As many as 50 can be found on any one grass blade.

Symptoms of aphids: Damage is usually found under shade trees, but will also move out into the open sun. Where feeding by aphids is extreme, the grass turns a very distinct copper color. Symptoms generally occur in the fall months but can develop as early as June.

What to do: Helpful control practices would be regular applications of fertilizer and proper mowing/watering. Your lawn needs about 1 1/2 inches of rainfall or irrigation each week, especially in late spring and early summer. Mow frequently, every 5 – 7 days. Keep the mower blade sharp and cut the grass tall (at least 2 1/2 inches).

When activity is observed, Grass Carpet Lawn Service can apply insect control to the affected areas. If arrangements have not been made, please contact our office or speak to your Lawn Specialist to schedule an application to your lawn.