Insects Missoula Montana

Insects & Bugs

Common Lawn Insect Problems:

Over the years, insects have gotten a bad rap and it seems like whenever we see one of these little guys we run for a can of bug spray and try to kill everything that moves in the lawn.
Some insects can do substantial damage to a lawn, but unless you see that type of problem, it is better to let Mother Nature run the show.

Axent Green has the training and knowledge to identify specific insects that can damage a lawn. Only then do we apply treatments to control these harmful insects. We can also apply special controls to reduce fleas and ticks in the lawn to help protect your family and pets from these disease carrying insects.


 are the larval stage of many different beetles, including the Japanese beetle, especially in Western Montana. The grub lives below ground and feeds on the roots of tender grass plants that soon kills the plant. They are most destructive mid to late summer, but the damage they cause may not show up until early fall and by then, it's too late.

The best time to control grubs is in early summer, just after they hatch. At this time they are very susceptible to treatment and just before they start causing extensive damage to your lawn. Our grub proof treatment will control grubs in your lawn before they can damage your valuable lawn.


Sod Webworms:

Sod Webworms can be a problem for some homeowners in western Montana. If lots of sod webworm moths are observed in the evening, watch for damage in about 10 to 14 days. This is when their eggs begin to hatch into caterpillars. These caterpillars chew off the grass blades close to the soil surface leaving brown stubble as damage. Early August is typically when we see the heaviest damage, although sometimes damage is also heavy in June. If sod webworms are present in your lawn we will treat for them.

Sod Worm


Montana has had some severe outbreaks of tick infestations. Several kinds of ticks infest lawns. They drop on the grass from dogs, rodents (includng squirrels) and even some birds. Most ticks will attach themselves to people and pets if given the opportunity. Pain main result from their bites. Some ticks transmit diseases, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Human Monocytic Ehrlichiosis, Lyme Disease and tularemia. Even though ticks won't cause any damage to the lawn, it is important that if you have heavy tick infestations in your area that steps be taken to control them.



What You Should Know

         Billbugs are weevils or snout beetles that that rarely fly.

         Billbugs eat turf grass roots just below the thatch layer.

         Heavy billbug infestations can kill grass, with peak turf grass injury occurring in mid to late summer

         Early billbug detection is important for the prevention of widespread turf grass damage

         Keeping turf grass properly irrigated and fertilized will minimize potential billbug damage

      Billbugs can be a serious turf grass pest throughout the entire U.S., with at least eight species known to occur. Although not a new pest to turf grass, billbugs are often ignored or misdiagnosed, and root decline is confused with drought stress, fungal disease, or other insects. In most cases, damage is diagnosed as dollar spot disease or white grub feeding. Newly laid sod should be carefully monitored for the presence of billbugs.
Billbug larvae are the damaging life stage. The greatest injury to turf grass usually appears from mid-June through late July, although billbugs can be feeding all summer. Turf grass will look drought stressed with small brown patches appearing. If left un-treated, billbugs will eventually consume the roots and destroy the entire root system.
Blades of grass can easily be pulled away from the crown with billbug infestation. Sawdust-like frass indicates billbugs even if you do not see larvae feeding.

Please contact AxentGreen for proper treatment, identification and treatment plan for eliminating Billbugs from your lawn. 


Bill Bugs

Bad Grass