It is the time of year where grubs start feasting on the roots of your lawn. These pesky invaders will annihilate a healthy lawn leaving only brown dead grass in their wake. However, a simple treatment can prevent grubs saving you tons of green, both in your lawn and in your wallet!
What are grubs?
Grubs are the larvae of various insects, commonly European chafers, June beetles, and Japanese beetles. They are typically white and less than one inch long, and when found, are often curled up into a “C” shape. These larvae will consume vast amounts of food before transforming into flying insects, and taking off to lay eggs in the next lawn.
Do I have grubs?
Most lawns have some grubs. The problem is when the concentration of grubs become large enough to cause damage. 10 to 15 per square foot of grass is more than enough to cause severe damage. The first sign of a grub problem is soft spongy grass, as if you freshly sodded. Then, you’ll notice brown dead spots. Birds like to feast on these bugs, so a number of birds hanging around a brown spot in your lawn is probably a good sign. In addition, raccoons love to eat grubs so if you see them diggin in your lawn, there is a good chance you have grubs.
To test for grubs, you can dig a square foot of grass, 2 inches deep, and inspect the soil for white larvae. If you find grubs in that area then your whole lawn could be affected.
How can I treat for grubs?
The best approach to dealing with grubs is to apply a yearly grub treatment. Keeping your lawn healthy with a deep root system and plenty of water will help limit the damage caused by grubs. There are many choices that vary on the weather patterns, your location, and etc. It is best to leave this in the hands of a professional. Deater Brother’s Lawn and Tree Care can help mitigate an existing grub problem as well as prevent further outbreaks.
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