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Entomology: Landscape Pest Management: Insect ID

Insect Pests of Turfgrass

One way to identify insect pests of turf is to categorize them by where they feed within the turfgrass environment. These insects fall into three categories:

  • insects that feed below ground
  • insects that chew turf foliage
  • insects that extract plant sap
  • other pests

Pests that damage turf in these categories include:

  • Insects that feed below ground include mole crickets, white grubs and billbugs.
  • Insects that chew turf foliage include armyworms, cutworms and sod webworms.
  • Insects that extract plant sap include aphids, chinch bugs and spittle bugs.
  • Other pests are fire ants, scale insects, mealy bugs, and cicada killers.

Clicking on the links below will lead to a picture and description of the insects.


Chinch Bugs

Mole Crickets
Sod Webworms
White Grubs