Grub Control - Inexpensive Insurance to Prevent Grub Damage

Grub Control
Grubs are c-shaped, pale white, soft-bodied creatures that can destroy your lawn from the ground up by feeding on the roots until your grass dies off. Grubs are the larvae of Japanese beetles and June beetles. Although the size of larvae varies with the species and its age, a full-grown grub averages slightly over one inch in length. As larvae transform into beetles, they shift their eating customs to plants above ground. Beetles emerge in early summer and destructively eat plants (roses and cherry trees are some of their favorites). Later in the summer, they lay eggs in the lawn’s soil. After the eggs hatch, the grubs become big and plump as they devour the roots of your lawn’s grass in a non-stop eating frenzy. These pests survive the winter by settling below the frost line. When spring arrives, they ascend back up to the upper soil and transform into adults (as beetles) and the cycle starts over.

Lawn Management
Your best approach in winning the battle against grubs is keeping your lawn healthy. Being proactive by discouraging beetles to lay eggs in your lawn will be very beneficial to you and your property. Beetles shy away from laying their eggs in thick, tall, healthy grass. Keeping your lawn well fed, mowed at the proper length, and not over-watered will be the best deterrent against beetles and ultimately grubs. It’s always easier to prevent grub problems than to wait until the damage occurs and you have to deal with an infestation.

Treatment
The once a year grub control treatments are put down between mid-June and mid-July to stop the grubs from hatching in August. If left untreated, heavy grub infestations destroy your grass’ roots causing the affected areas to dry out, wither and become soft and spongy. Immediate elimination of grubs is necessary to prevent further damage to your lawn. Grub destroyed patches of grass will die and can be rolled back like a piece of carpet because the root system has been eaten. If you notice raccoons, skunks, and moles digging in your lawn it is a good indication of grub infestation.