bugs, bites, moss oh my - Knowledgebase Question

Maywood, Ne
Question by rpc729
March 4, 2011
I live in northern nj. Last year we had an infestation of a variety of bugs in our yard which kept us indoors. I now have an infant and would like to spend time outside w/o worrying abt bug bites & such. had little white bugs that fly in a swam together. We had black biting bugs that looked like flies. When walking on grass there were jumping spiders that also bite. And loads of squirrels & moss


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Answer from NGA
March 4, 2011

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It's really difficult to control flying bugs without actually hitting them directly with insecticides. There are lawn foggers that you might consider using prior to spending time outdoors but these are only temporary fixes. Since you have moss in your lawn which indicates poor drainage (among other things) and moist soil can attract flying insects, I wonder if the best approach might be to get your lawn into a healthier state? Moss is a symptom of low soil pH, too much shade, poor nutrition and compacted soil. I'd aerate the lawn this spring to ease the compaction problem, and put your lawn on a regular feeding schedule. Start fertilizing in April with a 3-1-2 ratio of NPK (the 3 numbers on the bag of fertilizer). Apply one pound of actual nitrogen per 1,000 square feet of lawn per year. Feed again in June, September and late November or early December. Once you've addressed the compaction/drainage problem and helped your lawn grow lush and thick through regular maintenance, I think you'll have fewer insect pest to deal with. Hope so!

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