Grubs and insects can cause significant damage to your lawn. Even a well-maintained lawn can be subject to these tiny pests. Protect your lawn from unsightly dead patches by adding grub and insect control to your regular lawn fertilization schedule.
Scenic View Landscape’s technicians are licensed to treat for a variety of grub and insect problems. Don’t wait until it’s too late! Contact us today for more information.
What Are Grubs?
Lawn grubs are the small white larvae of beetles. These larvae come from a variety of species, including June Bugs, European chafers, and Japanese beetles. Fully grown, the small C-shaped creatures reach about 2 inches in length. There are about eight types of grubs that affect turf in North America.
How Do Grubs Damage Lawns?
Simply put: They kill your grass by eating the roots. Turf damage usually becomes visible sometime between August and September as the larvae begin to desecrate your grass’ root system. Damage may also become evident in the Spring when the larvae feed voraciously before the pupae stage. As soon as you notice damage, contact your landscaper to begin a treatment plan.
How to Identify Grub Damage
Brown, Wilted Grass: Grub damage typically looks like brown, wilted grass. If you begin to notice brown patches that never turn green, check for grubs right away. To check for grubs, simply pull back a dead patch of the grass (preferably close to a green area where the grub might be currently feeding). If you see 9 or more white grubs in a square foot, contact your landscaper right away to set-up a grub treatment plan.
Spongy Turf: If your turf becomes spongy, but it’s not yet brown, you may have a grub problem. Grass that feels bouncy underfoot is one of the first clues that your grass roots are suffering. Lift a small piece of grass to check for grubs. This is an excellent stage to catch the damage; a good grub and insect control program can get you back on track.
Wild Animals Tearing Up Your Turf: If wild animals are tearing up your lawn, this may be an indication of a grub problem. Skunks, raccoons, moles, and birds eat grubs. If grubs are living in your lawn, wild animals will have no problem tearing it up for a tasty supper.
Grub’s Life Cycle
Beetles emerge from their cocoons in late June and early July to begin their search for food and mates. Around July, they seek out moist and sunny grass to lay their eggs. They lay up to 60 eggs at this time!
The larvae will hatch in 2-4 weeks and will begin to feed on grass roots almost immediately. They continue the feeding process through late October. Before the larvae dig deep into the soil for the winter is the best time to apply pesticides. Come October, the grubs retreat deep into the soil (after they’ve eaten your grass roots!). The grubs will re-emerge briefly in the spring for one last feeding before maturing to a pupae and transforming into a beetle.
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