CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Two-lined Spittlebug (Prosapia bicincta)
This species of spittle bug can be damaging to St. Augustinegrass grass, which speaks well for eliminating your lawn or setting one up with a more diverse selection of native grasses. In my natural setting I don’t notice any damage.
County extension services reports that No chemicals or biological agents are currently registered for control of spittlebugs on pasture. So pouring chemicals on your grass in the hopes of getting rid of them is only killing the environment. They are in protective spittle, so the poison never reaches them. There are also no known effective natural enemies of spittlebugs. Burning the thatch is an effective method of control….just like mother nature intended but that is best left to professionals knowledgeable in prescribed burns.
Soooooo, remove thatch and dial down the amount of area you allot for lawn or allow more varieties of green ground covers to grow together and eliminate a monoculture that will show damage.
Shown on Florida Native Plant: BLUESTEM GRASS (Andropogon sp.)
Photo from 2010 just prior to emerging: