tiny blade jumpers??

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by kar7857, Jun 6, 2001.

  1. kar7857

    kar7857 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    what are these diminutive blade jumpers on my lawn?
    the eeniest smallest little bug-things...but billions of them....
    are they stressing my lawn or just having a good time?
    do i need to worry about them???
  2. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876


    Can you describe them at all ? What time of day do you see them ?Is there any damage to the turf ? If so can you describe it ?

  3. kar7857

    kar7857 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    these are tiny - less than 1/16" of an inch...maybe. they look like little pieces of rice - about the same color. they jump everywhere the second you touch the grass. they are most active in the early evening, but they are there all the time. i don't suspect that they're feasting on my grass, but i couldn't swear to it. i have buffalo grass - 90% of it has just fully come out of dormancy. some parts may just be slower in getting going.
  4. jeffyr

    jeffyr LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 876

    I am not familiar and don't know if I even have those critters in NJ from the description--you can capture a few in a ziplock bag or film container and bring them to a local garden center or local college extension office for ID. They will be able to tell you what to do.

    I would worry about them being fleas or ticks so I think you should find out.
  5. kar7857

    kar7857 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 5

    no, definitely not fleas or ticks. i'm from ohio & i know what those look like. but i like your suggestion. i'll catch a bunch & take 'em in.
  6. mowin'man

    mowin'man LawnSite Member
    Messages: 16

    My uncle has something like that in his yard way back in the corner around his brush pile.
    It's actually a weed that spreads seeds that way.
    I know of a few other plants that just fling those seeds out
    when something touches them.
    Unless you have an immaculate weed-free yard, I bet that's what it is.

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