Weeds, unfortunately, are not the only pests that invade a lawn. Grasses are also vulnerable to attack by a number of insects. Our preventative grub control service is a granular application that is performed in May and early June to prevent your lawn from suffering white grub damage.
Below-ground insects, such as Japanese beetle grubs, billbug grubs and others of their type go after the roots. White grubs are root feeders, so they are generally found after the Spring thaw, in the top 2” of the soil. Damage occurs in early to mid-fall and again in late Spring, as the large grubs feed most actively. Affected areas first appear as drought stressed areas, with a general yellowing of the turf. Heavy feeding results in a total destruction of the root system. The turf may feel spongy to walk on, and the sod can be rolled back like a carpet.
Grubworms are thick, whitish, C-shaped larvae, which are the developmental stage of the May or June beetle or Japanese beetle. They range in size from 1/8 inch to 1 inch long. When the soil warms in late April or May, they come up and start eating at the grass roots. In late June to early July, they come out as the beetle. They stay above ground for a few weeks and then go back into the ground and lay their eggs the first part of August. As temperatures begin to drop in September and October, grub larvae feed voraciously and cause thousands in damage. They are eating the grass roots which in turn kill the turf. If a lawn has more than 10 grubs per square foot, it will probably suffer visible damage. With our application, we guarantee you won’t have grubs.
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