You might not realize you have a grub control problem until it’s too late. These silent killers bring a whole slew of problems from ruined grass to other pests that enjoy dining on grubs. Keep reading to learn about the damage grubs can wreak and what you can do about it.
1. They Attract Critters
You probably don’t consider grubs a tasty treat, but many animals and birds do! When they detect your lawn is rife with grubs, they’ll turn your beautiful grass into a patchy, torn up wasteland. Possums, raccoons, skunks, and other creatures have no qualms about tearing up the turf to get to grubs beneath the surface. Birds will also poke around your lawn and while they may not create as much of a nuisance as four-legged creatures, they can leave droppings behind and ruin the view. When you look out your window, you want to see a lush green lawn – not dozens of birds swarming like an Alfred Hitchcock film.
2. There’s More Than One Kind of Grub
Unfortunately, there isn’t one type of insect that likes to mess with your lawn. Both June bugs and Japanese Beetles love to lay their eggs on your lawn. Once they hatch, both insects are considered “grubs.” In late spring, when they reach the adult stage, they’ll lay eggs and the infestation will continue to get out of control.
3. Grubs Cause Root Damage
There is nothing grubs love more than munching on the roots of your lawn. This causes grass to wilt and turn a nasty brown color, creating unsightly dead patches in your lawn.
4. Grubs Create Loose, Uneven Turf
Because grubs chow down on roots, the grass loses its ability to cling to the earth beneath it. Consequently, if you suspect you have grubs, the damaged areas may be so loose that you can easily peel back the turf like a sod roll. If you’re able to do this, it could be due to grub damage. You may even be able to see the culprits when you roll the turf.
If you’ve noticed any or all of these issues, it could be time to apply professional grub control.
Grubs are present on every lawn. It’s unavoidable. Problems arise when they become too numerous, and the lawn cannot recover quickly enough to replace the grass the grubs have eaten. Applying grub control in lawns interrupts the cycle of hatching larvae that ruin your grass.
It depends on what time of help your lawn needs. If you’re laying down grub control as a preventative measure, it’s best to do it in early summer. If you’re trying to control an active problem, a rescue treatment should be applied in August. Applying grub control in the fall can stop eggs from hatching and thus reproducing come spring. Ask your lawn care professional which time of year is best for your lawn’s needs.
Get ahead of grubs before they destroy your yard. The professionals at Custom Personalized Lawn Care are experts at grub control and will tailor your pest control treatment to your lawn’s specific needs. We guarantee our GrubPro treatment for one full year! Call us today at (800) 570-3313 or leave a message on our site. Interested in other aspects of lawn care? Follow our blog to learn more!
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