Are you doing everything you know to keep your lawn green but nothing seems to be working? The problem isn’t that you aren’t fertilizing properly or not watering enough. The problem could be lying under your feet. White grubs are one of the most notorious lawn pests in Texas and cost homeowners thousands of dollars in lawn repairs. When you have a grub problem it is very difficult to get rid of. The best way to prevent your yard from turning brown is to keep a vigilant eye out and look for the signs.
What Are Grubs
Grubs are small c-shaped white worms that live in the soil. They are the larvae of Japanese beetles, June bugs, and chafer bugs that usually emerge during the beginning of summer. Adult beetles come out to mate in late spring or summer. The females then lay eggs in the soil and in about two weeks they hatch into grubs. The grubs will remain in the ground throughout the winter until the spring when they reach their pupa stage. The grubs continue to feed until they reach adulthood and emerge in the summer to mate.
Are Grubs Bad
Finding a few grubs in your yard is normal but if you notice dozens within one square foot then there is a good chance you have a grub infestation. Grubs in high numbers can cause extensive turf damage that can take years to repair. Once you have an infestation, the problem is likely to continue or get worse year-after-year.
How Do I Know If I Have Grubs
Since grubs live underground it is hard to tell if you have grubs until the signs present themselves.
- Dirt patches.
- Patches of brown or yellow grass.
- Spongy grass.
- Grass rolls up like carpet.
- Presence of moles.
How To Check For Grubs
To check for grubs, dig in an area of your yard where you suspect grubs to be. Grubs are easily identifiable as large, white, c-shaped worms. If you find a large amount of grubs in each hole, it’s time to call in the experts and start a grub control treatment before too much damage is done to your yard.
Grub Lawn Damage
During the larvae stage, grubs will continuously feed on the roots of grass. If there are too many grubs for your yard to handle, the area will start to brown and the grass will die. The result of their eating will start to be seen in summer when the adults begin to emerge to mate.
During their adult stage, June bugs and chafer beetles will feed on the foliage of trees and shrubs before they mate and return to the ground.
Grub damage can also be caused by secondary sources such as moles. Moles are attracted to the grub in your yard and will tunnel their way in. When they breathe the surface they push large amounts of soil and rock onto your grass. Moles can cause quite a large amount of damage in a very short amount of time. Other animals such as birds, skunks, and racoons will also dig up your yard in search of grubs.
Get Grub Control
A grub infestation is a very serious condition that should be addressed quickly before too much grass is destroyed. Unfortunately, grub damage is all too common in Texas. When you notice grub damage in your yard, it’s time to call the professionals at Lawns 4 U. We have been winning the war on grubs in Texas for 20 years. Our grub control program is guaranteed to eliminate the grub population in your yard and begin the healing process.