When you say cranberry, what do you usually think of? For most people, they would think of a wonderful fruit, really delicious juice, some other wonderful eats or drinks that have been made from the fresh fruit. However, if you do say cranberry girdler, what would you think about?
Some may actually think of an actual food which has been made using the fruit. Oh I am pretty sure you actually thought of that one too. But the truth is, when cranberry is as sweet and as delicious and as wonderful as you can think of, the cranberry girdler can actually be the total opposite.
So what exactly are cranberry girdlers? These are actually insects. They may look like your normal worms but they are more than that. They come in a grayish or dirty white color and has a head that is brown-orange. It should be just around 3/4 inches in length. It has no distinct markings to differentiate it from the rest of the insects. Small is what they are but they are not harmless. They can bring a lot of destruction to your lawn or your garden. You do not want that to happen. Not at all.
You may not actually notice that your lawn or your garden already has cranberry girdlers in them. See, these insects actually work their way right in the important parts of the grass and they stay there. You will find them usually in the crown of the grass and even in the roots. With that, they stay away from sight but they really do much damage. They actually start taking in the nutrients from the plants so much so that the grass starts to have less of what it needs to be healthy. The grass then withers and browns up and when you try to pull it out, it can be easily done and it would be as if you were just pulling out a rug from your homes floor.
The grass turning brown is one sign that cranberry girdlers have already found home in your lawn or garden. Another sign is when you pull out the brown patches of dead grass, you will see larvae in the soil beneath it. Now that you know such, do not take it for granted because they can spread easily and work their way through your entire lawn. Leave them at that and you may not have a green lawn anymore but a cranberry girdler-infested brown one.
You can start applying insecticide on the brown areas and all other areas which are affected by the insect. And then make sure that you do weekly inspections to see if it is indeed working. If not, continue to apply. You will know that you have done it right when you no longer see the brown spots spreading and you will also see the insects lying dead already on the soil.