Pests That Can Ruin Your Lawn and What to Do About Them

A beautiful, well-kept lawn can absolutely define your curb appeal. However, there are many pests that can absolutely undo all the hard work you put into maintaining your lawn. These are a few of the most common pest problems you can have, and how to remedy them.


Earthworms can actually be highly beneficial to the health of the soil in your yard. Worm castings can help add important nutrients to your soil and make your lawn healthier. However, there is such a thing as too many nutrients. An excess of worm castings can cause an excess of nutrient buildup. This can cause your yard to burn up. Worms can also leave mounds in your yard that mess with the aesthetic appeal of your property. Luckily, worm removal is a fairly easy process. A small electrical current is sent through the soil, driving the worms up to the surface. At this point they can be collected, and removed from your property. You can even sell them to a bait shop for profit.


Moles are an animal that digs complex tunnels and mounds in your yard. Moles dig these tunnels looking for worms and bugs to eat, but they can severely damage the plants in your lawn. Luckily, if you notice mole hills and tunnels on your property, there are ways to humanely remove it with little hassle. There are barrier plants and landscaping options you can use to reduce the likelihood of moles in your yard. There are also sonic spikes you can place in your yard to emit an electronic pulse that is disruptive to moles. However, traps may be the easiest way to get rid of moles in your yard.


Raccoons are another pest that can wreak havoc on your lawn. These mammals frequently dig up lawns looking for grubs to eat. Their urine is also incredibly foul smelling and can stink up your whole property. These pests can often live in attics where they cause even more damage. One simple way you can get rid of raccoons is to apply grub killer to your yard, so their food source is gone. You can also have a professional trap the raccoon and remove it.

Growing and maintaining a perfect lawn can be a lot of work. However, pests can absolutely ruin your lawn and undo all your hard work. Instead of letting your lawn be ruined, learn the signs of these pest infestations and get rid of them before they can cause damage.

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