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How To Control Spittlebugsspittlebug

One of the more interesting insects that lawn owners and gardeners can experience on their plants is the spittlebug. Most homeowners haven't seen their homes, yet may have seen the frothy white substance that the bugs use as a defensive overlay on some of their plants. While spittlebugs are more of an irritation over a destructive pest, it can be useful for homeowners to know how to expel them from their yard.

There are more than 20,000 different species of spittlebugs that have been discovered. The most widely recognized type found in gardens has a tendency to store its eggs in the fall on the trash from plants, as fallen takes off. The eggs stay there until the beginning of spring when the eggs bring forth and the larvae start to search out host plants that they can feast upon. Most homeowners start to notice signs of spittlebugs in their greenery during the later part of spring when they have fully developed into adults and ramping up consumption on the plants around them.

Fascinatingly enough, spittlebugs are excellent hiders, often covering themselves with a froth like substance to go into hiding.They secrete this solution from their backs and use the covering to withstand a variety of temperature extremes, hide from predators, and keep their bodies moist. Spittlebugs hide so well that most homeowners only see their secretions and rarely see the bugs themselves.

If you have spittlebugs feasting on your greenery, you’ve come to the right place. Solutions Pest and Lawn has everything you need to successfully control these lawn pests.

How To Get Rid of Spittlebugs: 3 Step Solution

While the secretions of spittlebugs on your plants isn’t the best thing to want to see, spittlebugs rare cause much harm when hanging around lawns or gardens unless they are present in large groups. If you’re dealing with a larger population of spittlebugs and they are beginning to inhibit the growth of your plants, there are several chemical and organic options that you can use to get rid of the spittlebugs. Solutions Pest and Lawn offers a variety of environmentally-friendly options to eliminate this pest. Check out our 3 step solution below to see how we recommend successfully controlling spittlebugs.

Step 1: To begin, start with a careful inspection of your lawn and garden to see where the most spittlebug activity is. If you suspect you may have spittlebugs in your soil, you should inspect your soil to see if you have enough spittlebugs in your soil to warrant control measures. A few spittlebugs in your yard is normal. However, if you find a sizable population of spittlebugs then look for where they are concentrated to know where you should focus your application. This can usually be indicated by areas where there is plant damage or the milky secretions are found.

Step 2: Now to move onto chemical treatment. Equip yourself with a high-quality insecticide that you can find below and mix into a hand-pump sprayer. You should also make sure that you are wearing protective equipment when handling pesticides, even organic pesticides, for any chance of skin or facial contact which can be irritating or uncomfortable. Mix and utilize the product according to the set instructions on the label. Spray the insecticide over your entire lawn and plants, focusing on those areas where you suspected they had the most activity. Reapplication may be necessary until you no longer see damage or spittlebug activity.

Step 3: Once the spittlebugs have been eradicated, prevent them from returning to your yard by regularly monitoring for insect activity and keeping a regular lawn care schedule of mowing, watering and applying fertilizer when necessary. Our products can also be used as a preventative application to keep bugs away and put a barrier between spittlebugs and your yard.

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