Wildwood, Florida

Just south of Summerfield and The Villages is the welcoming and diverse city of Wildwood. This small city is made up primarily of small, locally owned businesses and is also the site of an 1835 battlefield that sparked the Second Seminole War. Each year the Dade Battlefield Society sponsors a reenactment of the battle for everyone to enjoy and learn something about the history of their area.

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Common Lawn Pests Found In Wildwood

Wildwood is home to many beautiful parks and camps with beautifully manicured lawns. But as impressive as Sumter County is, it’s not without its lawn issues. Here is a list of the most common pests and diseases found in and around Wildwood, Florida.

Mole Crickets
Mole crickets are a staple here in Florida, but they aren’t usually seen. That’s because they are only active in the night time hours and they also live underground. The only time these nightmarish creatures cause problems for homeowners is when there are too many of them. Their frequent feeding and tunneling can disturb the tender roots of your grass. Since they enjoy living in the thatch layer of your yard, it’s good to get your yard aerated at least once a year by ADVANTAGE GREEN.

Chinch Bugs
Chinch bugs are a big, unseen problem for Florida lawns. They are frequently confused for other lawn ailments such as brown patch, but upon closer inspection, you’ll see that these tiny insects cause the dying grass. Chinch bugs are another insect that dwells in the thatch layers of your lawn. They feed by sucking water and nutrients out of the grass, causing it to wither and die. If too many chinch bugs are present, they can kill large patches of grass that seem to grow overnight. Aeration is a great way to prevent chinch bugs from moving in.

Fire Ants
One of the most annoying and feared insects in Florida is the fire ant. The fire ant is an invasive species native to the jungles of South America. They are very aggressive and extremely territorial creatures and will attack any person, pet, or child that disturbs them. Just one acre can contain as much as a million ants, all serving a single queen. Don’t waste your money on traditional ant control methods. It won’t work. They have been known to survive floods and hurricanes by grouping together and floating until they find solid ground and establish new colonies.

Common Lawn Diseases Found In Wildwood

Grey Leaf Spot
One of the best ways to prevent a lot of lawn diseases in Florida is to follow proper irrigation methods. Grey leaf spot is one of those preventable diseases that thrive in hot, wet conditions. It is identified by oblong, tan-colored spots on your grass. As it spreads, it kills and weakens your grass. At ADVANTAGE GREEN, we know that when lawns are weakened, it exposes them to more diseases, pests, and weeds.

Brown Patch
Brown patch starts simply as a brown patch of grass. Your first instinct might be to water it, but if it doesn’t respond to irrigation, then there is a bigger problem, and you might be making it worse. Brown patch is another disease that loves moist, humid conditions and is usually caused by long periods of rain or your grass not getting enough sunlight. Make sure your grass has enough time to dry out during the day because wet grass plus night time temperatures equal bad news for your lawn.

Rust Fungus
Rust fungus is a shade loving disease that usually occurs in the early spring to fall when temperatures are between 60-85 degrees. At first sight, your grass will look like it’s covered in rust. This orange color comes from the fungus releasing its spores onto the grass and spreading. As it spreads, it severely weakens your lawn and leaves it vulnerable to other lawn problems.

Dollar Spot
Dollar spot usually starts small, about the size of a silver dollar coin. You might not notice it right away, but as the spots grow in size and merge into larger spots, then you have a real problem. These spots are caused by dying grass, and that means you’ll have to spend weeks or even months repairing that area and getting it back to what it once was. Dollar spot is most active when humidity is high, and temperatures are above 70 degrees.

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Some of the Services We Provide in Wildwood

Pest Control

Just south of Summerfield and The Villages is the welcoming and diverse city of Wildwood. This small city is made up primarily of small, locally-owned businesses and is also the site of an 1835 battlefield that sparked the Second Seminole War. Each year the Dade Battlefield Society sponsors a reenactment of the battle for everyone to enjoy and learn something about the history of their area.

Termite Control

Just south of Summerfield and The Villages is the welcoming and diverse city of Wildwood. This small city is made up primarily of small, locally-owned businesses and is also the site of an 1835 battlefield that sparked the Second Seminole War. Each year the Dade Battlefield Society sponsors a reenactment of the battle for everyone to enjoy and learn something about the history of their area.

Bed Weed

Just south of Summerfield and The Villages is the welcoming and diverse city of Wildwood. This small city is made up primarily of small, locally-owned businesses and is also the site of an 1835 battlefield that sparked the Second Seminole War. Each year the Dade Battlefield Society sponsors a reenactment of the battle for everyone to enjoy and learn something about the history of their area.

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