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How to Get Rid of Grubs

Have you been noticing a significant change in your lawn? Is your evergreen grass turning into a dull brown color? Have you been witnessing an increase in skunks and raccoons digging into your grass and leaving unpleasant patches? The reason behind this act is rather simple. You have lawn grubs. These wormlike creatures like to eat the root of your grass causing it to die and attracting these unwanted guests.

What is a Grub?

You may be confused as to what kind of creature you are dealing with as you may have never witnessed such an insect before. White grubs (the ones found in gardens) are the immature form of “Japanese beetles, June beetles, or masked chafer beetles.” Their main source of food is the root of your grass. Although before you take action on how to get rid of them, make sure you identify the type of grub you are dealing with.

Life Cycle of the Grub

What you must keep in mind is that all lawn grubs have the same life cycle. The grub eggs are hatched in mid-July or mid-August. Almost immediately, they begin to feed off the roots of any surrounding plants. They shed their baby skin and go into their second and third stage. This stage must happen before the ground freezes. Once the soil begins to get hard, they dig themselves deeper where they can stay warm. As spring approaches, the grubs, which have been underground, come up mature. They then become adult beetles and the cycle continues. Important: Grubs feed off the roots of your plants when the soil is soft.

Identifying the Pest

The characteristics of a grub make it easier for us to identify them. They have a yellowish-white body with a brown head. Their body turns into a “C” when they sense danger. The life cycle of the grubs is the same so you know when they will begin to lay and hatch their eggs. The larvae of the June beetle take approximately 3 years to be completed so their damages begin to get visible in spring, summer, or fall.

Make Sure You Know When to Control them

If you want to save money, but get an effective treatment, you will need to sample your garden so you know how many grubs are there. Dig into your grass around a foot square. If there are five or less grubs in that square foot, you do not need to get any grub control. If there are 10 or more grubs visible them, you should get grub control. If the number varies from 5-10, then it depends on your personal choice. If you can tolerate these pests in your garden, then you do not need grub control.

2 Ways to Go

  1. The Natural Way

The natural way is safe for your plants as no hard chemicals are present that cause damage.

  • The Milky Spore: This is a disease that effectively get rids of grubs in your garden and does not cause damage. Spores are put in the affected areas of the lawn. It comes in a powder form so you will have to sprinkle it on your grass in order for the grubs to die. Once the grubs have consumed the spores, they immediately die. Their decomposed bodies are beneficial as well as they get added into the spores. Bascillus popilliae is an effective and long-term method of getting rid of grubs. You are supposed to spray it with water or sprinkle the powder on the grass. When the grub is exposed to it, it will die.

  • Neem Oil: This oil is an insecticide, which has various properties, which helps the plants and kills the insects consuming the plant. This oil is a great repellant against lawn grubs as it stops them from laying eggs, growing, and feeding off any of the plants. Mix the oil with water and spray thoroughly on the affected areas. When the plants suck up the neem oil, it is distributed in their system. When the grubs consume the plant, it will reduce their appetite causing them not to turn into mature beetles, stopping it from mating and ultimately leading it to die.

  1. The Chemical Way

Synthetic Pesticide: After making your decision, you can use a curative pesticide, which will kill the grubs immediately. The two types of pesticides, which are available, Imidacloprid, and Permethrin. You can apply liquid concentrates or granules that can be watered into the soil.  Merit, Imidacloprid is the active bait, is systemic so it will travel through the grass and root system.  It will also work as an insecticide to kill on contact.  Post patent products such as Dominion will work just the same and save you money on your grub control efforts.

Safety FIRST! Make sure you are wearing gloves, a face make and any other safety gear that you may need.

It Comes Down to YOU

The methods that have been mentioned are effective even though they are slow and steady. Treating your grub control like a professional will help you take care of the problem, before you have excessive damage.  Keep your lawn beautiful, and healthy is easier now that you have professional pest control products at your fingers.  Even better you have the knowledge and support of 50 years of experience in the pest control industry.


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