Garden & Lawn Pest Control : How to Identify Worms That Are Damaging Your Lawn

Hi, this is Yolanda from
and in this section we’re going to talk all about how to identify worms that are damaging
your lawn. Now this subject is very personal to me because when we lived in Vancouver,
we bought a beautiful new home in a new development and I didn’t realize at the time that it was
built on a swamp. So the ground was just wet, muddy clay, nine months out of the year. So
getting a lawn to grow in muck is nearly impossible. So we planted a beautiful lawn into our backyard,
and by the second winter I noticed big splotches, they’re in a circular motion, so they might
not be perfectly circle but you’ll find that just spots of your yard will die. And it’ll
just go from that spot and follow on. And within time I found all these grubby little
gray worms all over the back patio and on top of the grass and everywhere. And they
were just disgusting. And before long, we figured it out, we didn’t know what was going
on. So they’re gray and they’re only maybe one to two inches long, and they’re fat and
stubby, and they will infest your whole yard. So just by digging up an area where it’s turned
brown, and if you can locate quite a few of those worms, I’m talking hundreds of them
in a small area, then you know that you’ve been affected by the Crane fly. So the worms
are actually just the larvae for a Crane fly. And a Crane fly looks just like a mosquito,
just a little bit bigger, little bit different. And they will take over any swamp lands, and
they’re a huge problem now on the West coast of America. They originally grew in the swamps
in Europe. And so when they came over here, they found the identical same areas. So to
get rid of the worms in your lawn you’ve got to figure out why they’re there, and they’re
probably there because you’re living in muck. And most new developments if you think about
it are in areas where they wouldn’t build before. So land is crowded and they’re now
developing in areas that were not even buildable ten years ago, but they’ve rezoned them, and
so a lot of the swampy areas just have a runoff area and they build new houses right in the
muck. So the only way that you can get rid of these worms is by addressing the mucky
issue. So what we did is we killed all of them using Diazinon which is a terrible chemical
because it was taking over the whole neighborhood. And the problem with it is that it kills the
birds and it kills all the other animals in the – that eat the animals that have been
affected. So it’s a last term resort. And in areas where they’re just infesting there’s
really no other choice. But an easy solution is just work on top and make some drainage.
So take in like four truck loads of dirt and build your beds up, so that everything is
not growing right in the muck, and then try to grass seed on top of whatever you have
already. We did that and it worked really well. And another trick is don’t try to grow
grass in a swamp. Make a nice water feature, use gravel, do anything that you can to make
that area beautiful, and remember only use chemicals as a very last resort, because nine
out of ten times when Diazinon has been used it’s found that it really wasn’t needed and
it’s getting into our ground waters and our lakes and our rivers and it’s becoming a big,
big problem. So if you find worms in your garden call your local extension agency from
the department of agriculture and they can give you lots of good advice and sometimes
they’ll even come out and help you for free.

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