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Best Tips For Controlling Grubs

Apr 15, 2015
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Guest post by Tim Smith

Lawn grubs live in soil, where they feast on grass roots and leave you with brown, dying grass. In addition to ruining your lawn, lawn grubs invite wildlife pests — like skunks! — that feed on lawn grubs. They will dig up patches searching for them. Most lawn grubs happen midsummer after Japanese beetles lay their eggs on the sunny section of your lawn. If you apply grub worm treatment in the earliest stages, you can stop the problem before it spreads.

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Detecting Grub Worms

 

The detection of grub worms is critical to preventing them. You can view lawn damage from grub worms in the late summer to early fall. Lawns with grub worm infestations will, upon further inspection, have brown patches that peel from the soil similar to a carpet. Determining the extenn five grub worms per 1/4 square foot, this would warrant a treatment to control the grub worms.

 

When to Apply Treatment

 

The best time to treat grub worms is late summer to early fall because the grub worms will be small and closer to the surface. In the springtime, grub worms are less susceptible to treatment because they are too large and feed less. Additionally, spring rains can wash away the applications.

 

Choosing a Treatment Plan

 

You can choose from different insecticides to handle grub worms, but it is important to consider the differing types. For treatment over the fall season, Dylox acts the fastest. You can, however, use Merit and Mach-2 in the early season to prevent lawn grubs. These products target the pests as they lay their eggs and kills the hatchlings before the infestation occurs. Whenever applying a treatment plan, careful adherence to the instructions will ensure the best results.

 

Natural Treatment Options

 

Some individuals, understandably, want a natural treatment. For natural treatments, you have a few options to choose from, which are considered safe and effective. The most common natural treatments include: neem oil, nematodes and milky spore.

 

Neem Oil

 

Neem oil acts as more of a repellent for lawn grubs and Japanese beetles than an inhibitor for egg laying, feeding and growth. To apply neem oil, mix it with water and spray the affected sections of the lawn.

 

Nematodes

 

Nematodes have been commonly used as a natural grub treatment because they release bacteria that infects and kills grub worms. Nematodes can be bought and mixed with water or purchased in liquid form.

 

Milky Spore

 

This disease effectively treats grub worms, and it is environmentally friendly. When milky spore is applied to the affected areas, it infects the lawn grubs while they are feeding. As the grubs die and decompose, further spores will be released into the soil to prevent further infestation.

 

Apply More Grass Seed Than Necessary

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If you do this during the fall or spring months, you will have grass that is too thick to attract Japanese beetles. Additionally, avoid watering your lawn too much because grub worm eggs need moisture to hatch.

 

Preventing the infestation before it begins is the best method to handle lawn grubs. During the month of August, lawn grubs move to the surface of the lawn to eat grass roots. To prevent lawn damage, treat the infected area immediately after the beetles lay their eggs.

 

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Guest Post by Tim Smith,  Featured Image Source : GardenerPlace.com

 

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