Golf course pest management is crucial for keeping your course attractive and in good playing condition. Every course is unique, so you’ll need to consider a number of different factors, but luckily there are multiple ways of preventing and addressing pest problems.
Beware These Pests
Depending on your location, your course may be susceptible to various types of weeds, rodents, diseases and insects.
Golf courses in both warm and cool climates can fall victim to fungal diseases such as Pythium Blight, while Rapid Blight is a threat in cooler areas with high groundwater salinity. Many species of rodents can burrow through and under your course, and weeds can quickly spoil the smooth, lush surface of your turf.
Insects are an even more diverse menace. Whether it’s bluegrass weevils or armyworms eating your turf, or mosquitoes eating your golfers, neither is a problem you want to have.
Try These Strategies
Chemical products such as herbicides, fungicides, and insecticides are perhaps the most obvious solutions for golf course pest management, and in many cases, they can be invaluable. You can apply them yourself or hire a specialist.
Chemical solutions aren’t the only ones, however. Introducing natural predators (such as bats, minnows or plovers to eat mosquitoes) can be helpful, as can placing physical barriers at strategic spots. Other alternatives include steam sterilization and essential oils.
While it may seem overwhelming at first, golf course pest management is vital, and you have a wide variety of options to help you protect your turf.