Showcase Lawn Works serves Chester County PA, Berks County PA and Lancaster County PA with Grub Control prevention for your lawn. Grubs love well cared for lawns! Why? Because the roots provide a good meal! Showcase will provide a properly timed preventative treatment to keep these pests from destroying your lawn. Call today for pricing and details.
Grubs are the larval or immature form of many species of beetle. They are white, wrinkly, C-shaped creatures, ranging in length from ¼ to over one inch long, with soft, squishy bodies and legs near the head. Grubs are one of the most vexsome lawn pests in the United States. They live in the soil, feeding on the tender roots of grass. Their presence can go undetected until significant damage is already done.
You can prevent grubs from becoming a problem by keeping your lawn healthy. Fertilize it, mulch the lawn, and keep your grass at least two inches long. Beetles prefer to lay eggs in close-cropped grass. Water sparingly and when you do, give the ground a good long soak. This will encourage grass to grow strong and deep roots that are less susceptible to damage. Aerate your soil regularly. Beetles prefer to lay eggs in compacted, undisturbed soil.
Before treating your lawn for grubs, we first try to estimate the extent of the infestation. We turn over the top layer of soil in your garden bed or tug on a square foot of sod. If the grass peels back like a piece of carpet, or if we see six or more grubs per square foot of sod, we know it’s time to take action.
Natural controls – Nematodes are tiny worms that live in the soil and kill grubs of all kinds. They require careful handling because they are a live product. Milky spore is another natural method for controlling Japanese beetle grubs, and its effects can last for up to 10 years. However, it usually takes a few years to become established in the soil, and it requires a host grub, so it cannot be used in combination with chemical grub controls. It also does not work against other types of grubs.
Chemical controls – When it comes to chemical treatment, timing is everything. The best way to prevent a serious grub infestation is to locate the little buggers early, right after they hatch and start to feed. This is when they are most susceptible to treatment. For our area late June and July is the ideal time to treat your lawn for grubs. Chemicals indicated for grub control are carbaryl, halofenozide, and imidacloprid. Showcase Lawn Works has years of experience applying these chemicals according to the directions. Contact us today to discuss a program that will eliminate grubs and prevent further damage to your lawn.