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How to Manage Pests

The UC Guide to Healthy Lawns

Manage pests

Most problems in lawns are not caused by pests, such as insects or disease-causing pathogens. Damage is more likely the result of poor turfgrass selection or improper maintenance practices. This section of the Healthy Lawn Guide will help you diagnose your problems and determine whether a pest is the likely cause.

Providing proper care and using an appropriate turfgrass species can prevent the majority of lawn problems.

Refer to the following sections of this guide for more information:

Lawns that are not properly cared for become stressed and can be more susceptible to insect feeding or diseases. In many cases a pest infestation is an indicator of another, more serious underlying problem. Proper identification of pests and the contributing factors is the key to management.

What's included in this section?

Diagnosing your problem

Insects and other invertebrates


Abiotic disorders

Plant-parasitic nematodes

Gophers, squirrels, and other vertebrates

Weeds and weed management



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