Grubs. You know what they look like – you often discover these plump, white C-shaped worms during your spring planting. They may seem harmless at this stage, but these tiny creatures begin damaging lawns during the late summer and early fall months and if gone unnoticed, can do major damage to your turf by the late fall. Luckily, there are some signs you can look for to remedy a grub problem before too much damage is done.
1. Dead Grass.
There are many reasons for turf to die and having grubs in your lawn is definitely one of them. Grubs munch at the grass’s root and since roots provide water and essential nutrients to your lawn, it cannot survive without its life line. Most often, grub damage can be spotted if your grass starts turning brown, is irregularly shaped, and never changes color despite all the watering or rain it receives. If these dead patches start showing up during the summer or early fall, especially if you regularly irrigate your lawn, then the culprit could most likely be grubs.
Grubs are the larvae of various beetle species, including the Japanese beetle and the popular June Bug. Grub larvae turn into pupae by the late spring and begin their hatching season in the summer. By mid-June, beetles start to emerge from the ground to feast on flowers, leaves and other vegetation. If you notice increased beetle activity around your landscape, then you are more susceptible to grub damage. Beetles began mating in late summer and lay their eggs underground to start the vicious cycle of grub infestation once again.
3. Other Critters
Another telltale sign of grubs is if you have an influx of birds or rodents hanging around your lawn. With grubs being a favorite meal, your yard can quickly turn into a gold mine with birds, moles, groundhogs and even raccoons feasting on these little hidden treasures. We all know that these animals, especially moles, can cause even more damage to your lawn. So if you start seeing them, its best to take action quickly.
4. The Carpet-Roll Method.
The last, but the most definite way of telling if you have grubs is the carpet-roll method. If you suspect you have a grub infestation, then gently lift up the affected area. If the grass easily lifts up and rolls in one piece, then your issue is grubs. Grubs are classified as a below-ground insect and only consume grassroots while keeping the grass leaves, stems and thatch intact, making the issue relatively simple to diagnose.
If you begin to experience any of the above signs throughout the summer, it’s best to take action as soon as you can. Our one-time Grub Control can be applied anytime throughout the summer and includes a special warranty to retreat and repair your lawn back to its prior condition. So, if you suspect a grub problem, contact Lawn Pride today to finally put a stop to the grub life cycle once and for all!