Many different insect pests are found in home lawns in Mississippi. These include insects such as chinch bugs and white grubs that directly attack and damage turf grass, pests such as slugs and millipedes that can become a nuisance when they occur in high numbers, and pests such as fire ants, wasps, and ticks that directly attack people using the lawn.
Publication 2331, Control of Insect Pests in and around the Home Lawn, provides information on identification, management, and control of most of the insect pests encountered in Mississippi lawns.
For more detailed information on fire ants see Publication 2429, Control Fire Ants in Your Yard.
For information on controlling insects in sports turf, golf courses or other commercial turf situations see Publication 1858, Insect Control in Commercial Turf.
Two-lined Spittlebugs, Bug-Wise Newsletter No. 11, 2005
Controlling Ticks on Pets and in the Lawn, Bug-Wise Newsletter, No. 13, 2005
Zoysiagrass Mites, Bug-Wise Newsletter, No. 19, 2004 (page 2)
Fire Ants in Home Lawns, Bug-Wise Newsletter, No. 6, 2011
Fall Armyworms in Home Lawns, Athletic Fields, and Other Places, Bug-Wise Newsletter No. 9, 2010
Paper Wasps, Bug-Wise Newsletter No. 7, 2012
This is the time of year to start a good fire ant management plan that can reduce the number of beds in your yard by 80 to 90 percent.
No, that’s not a murder hornet. But you may have seen one of these four look-alikes that do live in Mississippi.
News reports of a new, invasive hornet spotted in the Northwest has heightened people’s awareness of flying insects recently.
Termites are probably not something you consider when you are gardening. But many landscaping tasks, including digging and mulching, can put your home at risk for termite damage. (Photo by Blake Layton)
Even if you preventatively treat your yard periodically through the year for fire ants, you’ll still see mounds pop up.
There are two ways to treat these mounds: liquid drenches and dry powders. (File photo by MSU Extension Service.)