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Bill Bug Prevention

Updated: Feb 23, 2023

When I was a kid my dad used to make me watch Lonesome Dove all the time. I have since forgotten most of it, but in a part I remember, one guy gives a kid a gun before an altercation and says, "Its better to have that and not need it than to need it and not have it". Its the same thing in Bill bug prevention. While it sounds like a salesman scare tactic, if you wait until you have bill bugs to treat bill bugs, its too late. Bill bugs will migrate from area to area and lay their eggs in the grass in the spring. These larvae will feed on the grass roots, and about the time the weather starts to heat up in June, you will notice your grass doesn't respond to watering and can start looking gray. The grass looks drought stricken because the larvae have destroyed the root system, and the grass can't get access to water before the 100 degree temperatures hit, and so it dies off. You can treat the bill bugs and kill them, but the damage has already been done, and the level of damage will vary. Hence: if you are invested in your grass, its better to have treated the grass with a preventative bill bug application and not need it, than to have not and wished you had.


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