harvesting sweet potatoes

Ground Pearls

Ground pearls are scale insects that suck fluids from the roots of bermudagrass, bahiagrass, St. Augustinegrass, and zoysiagrass, but prefer centipedegrass. They occur throughout Florida, but are more abundant in northern and north-central Florida. The waxy coating surrounding the insect helps it to survive almost any adverse condition, but fortunately, properly watered and otherwise well-managed lawns often do not show noticeable damage, even though they may be heavily infested with these insects.