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RebelAggieDad
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Black bugs jumping around in my yard
Sunday, I mowed my lawn (St. Augustine and Centipede) and used a garden sprayer to spray for web worms since I noticed there were a few little white moths in the grass along with a few small yellowing patches. As I sprayed the grass, there were hundreds of little black bugs jumping out where the stream landed. About size of a black eyed pea? Think they might have small red stripes. I will try to add pictures of the little guys later.
Thoughts? Thanks!


lsujunky
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re: Black bugs jumping around in my yard
Looked like this guy? If so it's a Spittlebug.



RebelAggieDad
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re: Black bugs jumping around in my yard
Thanks!
Yup. That's the one. I saw hundreds. Guessing I have a problem. I will check to see if my spraying from Sunday had any effect, and if not, hit them again between rain storms. Them and web worms. Sheeesh.


Art Vandelay
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re: Black bugs jumping around in my yard
What did you use for spraying. Bifen should kill them


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turkish
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re: Black bugs jumping around in my yard
I don’t think they hurt anything.


deeprig9
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Agree. They don't hurt anything.


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tilco
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re: Black bugs jumping around in my yard
In large numbers they will absolutely kill centipede and zoysia lawns.


RebelAggieDad
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re: Black bugs jumping around in my yard
Thanks. Seems that the interwebs indicated that they (spittlebugs)could damage lawns. I do seem to have seen a large quantity of the buggers . . .
Used Spectracide Triazicide from Home Depot. Main ingredient listed is Gamma-Cyhalothrin. Lists sod web worms as one of the things it controls, and that was my main objective, then saw hundreds of spittlebugs jumping as I sprayed . . .


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deeprig9
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re: Black bugs jumping around in my yard
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In large numbers they will absolutely kill centipede and zoysia lawns.


Growing up, my dad's lawn was centipede and I mowed it weekly for years. Those were everywhere, all over my legs and whatnot. Never sprayed for them, they never hurt the lawn. That's just my personal experience.


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turkish
Member since Aug 2016
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re: Black bugs jumping around in my yard
I don’t believe it. Folks carpet bombing their whole yards with insecticide for things like this are causing more problems than they’re solving. Any extension agent will agree.
This post was edited on 7/22 at 7:31 pm


tilco
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Member since Nov 2013
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re: Black bugs jumping around in my yard
I have an email with one from auburn where she told me I absolutely needed to control them in the numbers I had.

And here’s an article from nc state

LINK

Oh and one more from UGA

LINK
This post was edited on 7/23 at 6:08 am


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