Grubs are some of the most damaging pests for any lawn, in almost any climate zone. Here in the Northeast Grubs do the most damage in Summer. Here’s some important information on the life cycle of the white grub, and how to control them as a homeowner.
What Are Grubs?
Grubs are the larvae of many types of beetles and other insect pests. They live underground during the Winter, then come to the surface layer of soil to feed on grassroots in Spring. As Grubs demolish the roots of the grass, your lawn will turn brown and die back before the summer. As they become adults, they lay eggs. These eggs will hatch in late summer, and become root-feeding larvae gain in the Fall.
What Does Grub Damage Look Like?
Grubs feed on grassroots, which turns your lawn yellow to brown, in very irregular patterns. If Grubs have invaded your lawn, you can pull on the dead turf and it will easily lift and roll back like new sod, this is because there are no roots to anchor the old sod layer. Also, you may notice holes and tunnels in your lawn from grub feeding animals, like skunks and moles.
How Can I Control Grubs?
This most effective method to discourage grub invasions to focus on ridding your lawn of the adult insects that may lay eggs destined to become Grubs. This includes the control of Japanese Beetles, Asiatic Beetles, Chafers and more.
An organic option for Grub control is a bacteria known as “Milky Spore Disease”. This a beneficial organism that has been shown to control, but not completely eradicate, grub populations. It is only available in specialty stores and can be cost-prohibitive.
When you have exhausted the above options, it may be time for a professional assessment and care plan. Professional applicators have particular knowledge and product availability to quickly take care of your Grub problem.
Contact Us For Grub Control
Contact us today to get effective Grub control from Green Team Lawn Care. Call (860) 222-7171 or visit Greenteamct.com/quote