In addition to weeds and diseases, several insects, animals, and some rather unusual critters inhabit a homeowner’s lawn. This page is dedicated to those unfriendly varieties that may damage that treasured landscape.


Magicicada spp. spend most of their 13- and 17-year lives underground feeding on xylem fluids from the roots of deciduous forest trees in the eastern United States. After 13 or 17 years, mature cicada nymphs emerge, synchronously, and in tremendous numbers. After such a prolonged developmental phase, the adults are active for about four to six weeks. The males aggregate into chorus centers and attract mates. Different species have different characteristic calling songs. Within two months of the original emergence, the life cycle is complete, the eggs have been laid and the adult cicadas are gone for another 13 or 17 years.



With the recent rain and flooding in some parts of the state, crawdads will pop up in strange places, including a homeowner’s lawn. These crustaceans are also referred to as crawfish, mud bugs, or stonecrabs.



Moles are still the most common pests in the area. Moles are small but destructive, according to Lucy Moreland, a 4-H natural resource instructor for the Cooperative Extension Service, University of Arkansas. The 6-inch long fur-covered mammal weighs about 4 ounces, but can destroy a perfectly groomed lawn.


Grub Worms

Grub worms is the food source that keeps moles tunneling through your lawn. If the food source (grubs) go away, the mole problem will decrease.

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Voles also have become a nuisance in many southern lawns. Also called meadow mice or field mice, voles can cause damage to trees, ornamental plants and small lawn areas.


Fire Ants, Fleas and Ticks

Herbi-Systems also provides applications to control fire antsfleas and ticks. Our new fire ant treatment guarantees control for one full year! For more information on fire ant control, please click the following link.

If there are other pests in your lawn that are not covered on this page, please refer to the site below from the University of Tennessee Extension Service.