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
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.)
A tent for camping in the woods can be a good thing, but a tent filled with caterpillars in a pecan tree can be bad news for homeowners.
Fire ant mounds always pop up right where you don’t need them – in the flower bed you planned to weed tomorrow, next to the mailbox that needs to be reset, and near the patio where you are throwing a party tonight. (Photo by Brian Utley/Cindy Callahan)
Fire ants are everywhere. If you’ve thrown your hands up in exasperation trying to deal with them, don’t give up just yet. (File photo by MSU Extension Service)
A tiny pest is making a huge impact on crape myrtles across the state, threatening to turn this go-to plant into something that gardeners avoid.