Devastating White Grubs

White grubs, are also known as grub worms, are beetle larvae that can have a devastating effects to your lawn if you will not annihilate their habitation immediately. They are mostly white and their length is around one half to one inch long. White grubs mostly attacks roots of grass or ornament plants. These small insects often infests your lawn in large groups. This means there’s a lot of them attacking together. This is harmful especially to an unhealthy lawn.


tiny white lawn grubsThis is how they work. They hatch eggs during spring, feeding on the root of the grass. After they have much eaten, they will penetrate enough to weaken the grass. Your lawn becomes prone to drought, wilting or drooping. They will carry on this activity until summer ends. By July or early August, they will lay eggs once again. They will dig six inches below the dirt and comes out again during springtime and repeats the process.

You can know your lawn is getting destroyed by these devastating insects by looking on some signs. Since birds and gophers likes to eat them, there will be several holes in the ground as they try to get those white grubs for breakfast.

It is best that you should take early action on these devastating insects. Like what I have stated above, they can create serious problems to your lawn. Even if you have a very healthy lawn, it is not an assurance that they won’t destroy it. You may need a long-lasting pesticide that will surely endure from spring to fall.


However, prevention is always better than cure. Cleaning your lawn regularly is a good start. Don’t allow dog poop to sit on your lawn for more then a few days. Use of pesticides before fall season starts. Don’t let them hibernate and buried with weeds and dried leaves. You may also want to apply high potassium fertilizers to keep the roots of your grass healthy!

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Got Grubs and Moles?



white grub control for lawnsIf you have moles, there is probably a reason why they are there. Moles come into your lawn looking for food like grubs. The best way to prevent mold infestation is by applying a grub control to your lawn to kill the existing grubs before the moles can find them and eat them. If your lawn is scrub free, chances are that it will also be mold free. There are a few different types of grub control that you can use. The first type is Grub X. It is effective on smaller grubs and will kill them almost immediately. Grub X is applied in the early to mid spring. If you are treating them in the late spring, it is better to use Ortho Max or Dylox or Bayer grub control. These other poisons are a bit stronger, and they can kill rubs even when they are larger and sometimes, they can even kill the beetles.

If you have a mole problem, and don’t want to kill the mole, you can try to set a trap for it and remove it once it comes into the trap. Sometimes these work, but if they don’t, you’ll probably end up having to kill them all to save your lawn. You can do this simply by setting a trap inside of one of their tunnels. As they run through the tunnel, the trap will snap and it will kill the mole. Anther way to kill a mole is by using bait. Once again, this bait goes inside of a tunnel. This is because moles will spend most of their time in their tunnels. Even during the day moles are busy digging underground. Moles have no trouble seeing in the dark, and they find most of their Grubs by their sense of smell.

How to Prevent Moles?

One of the best ways to prevent moles from eating up your lawn and garden, is to apply grub killer, and get rid of the grubs that are there first. Most moles do not come into your yard just to dig holes and irritate you. Most of the time they are looking for grubs to eat. Grubs love to live in your soil and in your lawn. Your lawn provides them with a rich food source. If you do not like having moles in your lawn, you should probably apply some grub killer. After you do this, the moles will have a lot harder time finding the food that they are looking for. And they may decide to go into your neighbors’ lawn instead. One way to kill grubs when they first come out, is to use Grub-X or some other type of grub killer for white grub control. You want to apply this in the spring time. If you have moles that have already dug holes in your lawn, the best way to kill them is to put traps in their tunnels. As they run underneath the ground through their tunnels, they will set off the traps and that should take care of them.

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Four Ways You Can Tell If Your Lawn Has Grubs

grubs in lawnThere are many ways in which you can tell if your lawn has grubs. First of all, grubs will cause your grass to turn slightly yellow. When they are eating the roots, then your lawn is going to get less water. Grubs will also come out at night and eat grass that is touching the surface of the soil. Grubs have chewing mouth parts, that allow them to digest your grass, and they will turn green after they have feasted on your lawn


Another sign is if the grass rips out easily. Usually, this is because the lawn grubs will eat some of the deepest roots first. And there isn’t much to hold your grass in place.

If you have had a bad infestation of grubs in a sod lawn, you may have three quarters of an inch of dead sod in areas where the grubs have been. You typically don’t see the spots until the end of the summer, or the beginning of the fall. By this time, it is probably too late in the year to treat your lawn for grubs. But you can treat your lawn for them early in the spring next year. You may even want to consider using a pest control company.

A third sign of grubs in lawn, is if you have gophers digging up your lawn, or you have birds picking holes in your dirt. They are not actually trying to damage your lawn, they are just trying to get lunch. And they really like eating grubs.


white grubsIf you are experiencing any of these signs, it is a good idea for you to check for grubs. To do this I usually go to the worst area of lawn, and pull up dead sod in that area or on the edge of that area, and I look for white grubs. These grubs will be ½ to ¾ inch in length. They are white, and do not look like an earthworm because they are short and stout. If you do find them, you will want to treat your lawn immediately. Hopefully, you’re treating it soon enough, you can prevent them from doing any worse damage your lawn. You may also want to apply the treatment twice, to kill unhatched grubs which will be immune to poison the first time you apply it.

 

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Prevent Lawn Grubs by Thatching

thatching prevents lawn grubsIf you want to keep your lawn green and healthy, but struggle because there is dead grass and it, you should consider thatching your lawn. Thatching a lawn helps prevent lawn grubs because it gets rid of the layer where insects live in.

Also you get rid of the installation that protects white grubs in the winter and the cover that protects them from natural predators such as birds. Thatching also helps to prevent lawn disease by getting rid of thatch and allowing oxygen to reach the surface of the soil.


In addition, thatching can also kill a lot of the lawn grubs mechanically. This is because the blades on the fax machine will go up to a half an inch below the surface of the soil. As a cut into the surface of the soil, they may actually just sliced through some of the white grubs as they go. Thatching is fairly easy to do, and you can do both lawns that are around 2000 ft.² in about an hour and a half. Experts recommend you thatch your lawn every 3 or 4 years.   Another thing thatching does is it makes pesticides more effective. If you use grub control to kill the it will work better, if it doesn’t have to go through its way through a thick layer of lawn thatch.

Most of the time when long grubs are in a lawn, they do not do a lot of damage. But if your grass is unhealthy for any reason, the damage suddenly becomes much more visible. This is because the lawn grubs will start to beat the lawn faster than it will. One of your best defenses against grubs damage is to keep your lawn healthy and strong. If you have thick healthy grass and strong roots, you are not very likely to notice when you have grubs in your lawn.

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Why Are Lawn Grubs Such a Nuisance and How to Get Rid of Them

how to get rid of lawn grubsLawn grubs are pests that can damage your lawn especially if they are in large quantities. When they are in small numbers, the damage they do is masked by the growth of your grass. When your grass is not growing very much, or when they have large numbers, the damage that they do is much more substantial and can become permanent as they kill your grass.


The way that a grub worm subsists by eating the roots out on your plants. They do most of their damage in the late spring and early summer before they molt and turned into adults. White lawn grubs are the larva of beetles, moths and a few other types of insects. Because they eat the roots out on your grass, you can know that you have them if there is a yellow spot in your lawn where the grass tears out very easily. You also know if you have them, if all of your sod dies except tiny little pieces around your lawn.

In order to prevent your sod from dying and having to replace your lawn, it is a good idea to find out if you have an infestation.  If you do, use grub control to get rid of it. The easiest way to know if you’re going to have a major problem, is to a sample the soil and see how many grubs you have in it. Usually if you have four or five grub worms together, this means you have an infestation. You should use grub control to treat your lawn as soon as possible. For those of you who prefer to control grubs organically, you should use a pair of aerator shoes with 2 inch spikes on the bottom of them.


This method of organic grub control involves you walking over your lawn a half a dozen times with these spikes on your feet. This should allow you to kill enough of the grubs that they will stop damaging your lawn faster than it can repair itself. Otherwise, the poison seems to work pretty good. Depending on the time of year that you put the poison down, you may have to put it down twice, three weeks apart, to make sure that you kill the grubs that might be in different stages of their life cycles. Once you have had a lot of grubs in lawn, it is a good idea to check next year to see if they come back. If they do, treat them to get rid of them.

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