Mike’s June Garden Newsletter: Fire Ants, June Bugs & Mosquitoes
June is here and so are the fire ants. Fire ants are showing up in lawns and landscapes all over the area. There are several fire ant controls on the market but the one I like best is Come and Get It by Fertilome. Come and Get It is a bait that attracts foraging fire ants and is readily taken back into the nest as food for the colony. Fire ants that consume the bait will appear sick and lethargic within 12-24 hours. Dead ants will frequently be seen near mounds 24-36 hours after application. Safe to use on and around lawns, fruits and vegetables.
There have been several questions about grub worms in the soils now. The grubs in the soil now are changing into some type of beetle most likely the June beetle. Adults begin to emerge in spring. During adult flights large numbers of beetles can be attracted to lights. Peak flights occur in mid to late June in central Texas. Females, less attracted to lights, tunnel 2 to 5 inches into the soil and deposit eggs. In 3 to 4 weeks, small grubs (larvae) hatch from eggs and start to develop and eat. It is at this time that a grub killer should be applied to the lawn and flowerbed areas. For the organic lawns use Beneficial Nematodes.
Nematodes are tiny worms that attack white grubs and other soil inhabiting insects. Nematodes must be supplied with adequate moisture to help them move down into the soil where grubs are feeding. At least 1/4 inch of water should be applied before, and another 1/ 4 inch of water applied just after, nematodes are sprayed on the lawn. These worms pose no threat to humans or landscape plants and are an environmentally sound alternative for those who prefer not to use pesticides on their lawn.
Mosquitoes control is up to everyone to help out with. If there is standing water around the home dump it out. Bacillus thuringiensis (BT) granules or dunks should be used in birdbaths, rain barrels or anywhere there is water. It is safe for birds and other wildlife.
Stop by any of our Russell Feed & Supply stores for these products.
Have a Great June and send in pictures and questions.
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