Turfgrass Rundown – Key to Turfgrass Insect Damage

North Carolina State University now has a new aid available to help identify insect pests based on turfgrass damage. Insect damage in turfgrass can be difficult to diagnose as many insects cause similar types of nondescript damage. A series of questions help identify insect issues in turfgrass based on distinctive damage each insect causes. This key will not serve as a catch-all for turfgrass insect problems and some unique circumstances may occur where an exception will not fit this key. However, this key will provide general identification information for insects (and mites!) that you would expect to see in managed turfgrass settings.