Springtime brings colorful, blooming flowers, nice weather, and unfortunately pests. That’s right, as temperatures heat up you may start to notice more insects coming out and attempting to harm your plants and turf. Because of some of our fluctuating temperatures and late frosts, we have noticed some larvae have frozen and died, which might mean that we can expect fewer pests coming out this spring. If you still want to get ahead of the problem, one way to mitigate your pests is by spraying insecticides.
Insecticides can be used to mitigate pests and kill them on the spot. They can be effective when pests are in an egg or larval state, as well as when they are already grown. Using insecticides helps to keep these pests from feasting on your plants, and in some cases, causing them to die.
There is an optimal timeline for using insecticides on certain species and plants. This month, you can spray for tent caterpillars that often inhabit plants like the Texas Mountain Laurel. In April, we recommend using an insecticide in your turf to combat turf grubs. Later in the summer, around Mid-July through September, you can treat for root weevil, or agave snout weevil, that might be affecting your agave.
While not all bugs are bad, there are ways to help you prevent the bad ones from harming your plants. Insecticides are one easy way to accomplish that. To learn more about specific pests and best practices, visit our learning center