Grubs – Is Your Lawn Ready For The Invasion

Grub infestations are common in Southwest Florida because of our warm, tropical climate. And worse grubs often go unnoticed until the yard damage is severe. But with some preventative measures, you can enjoy your yard without worrying about brown grass and grubs this summer.

What are those white, plumb creatures?

During the beginning of the summer months, warm and overly watered lawns will attract female June beetles, which will lay as many as 60 eggs about 1 or 2 inches deep into the soil. The eggs, once hatched, will become larvae, also called grub worms.

When they are larvae, they are white with brown heads and lie in c-shape positions in the soil, where they will feast on organic matter in the lawn. They will eat anything within the soil, usually the roots of lawns. As the grubs make their way under the lawn’s surface, the more destructive they become. White grubs are the most common in Southwest Florida and are known for causing many pests control issues.

Stop Overwatering! Grubs Love Water

Grubs can’t survive without moisture. That’s why it’s so important not to overwater your lawn, especially during the rainy season. If you have an irrigation system, there should be a rain gauge that automatically pauses sprinklers following recent rains. During weeks with several consecutive days of rain, turn off your sprinkler system until the rain has subsided for several days. Overwatering can also attract other pests causing more significant lawn damage.

Signs Of A Grub Infestation

You might notice lawns turning an unattractive brown in specific patches during the summer months. These patches can be indicators of hungry grub worms that live below the surface of your grass. White grubs will feed on the roots, turning grass yellow before the roots eventually die. The yard will feel spongy and have scattered brown patches where the grass has died. Root injuries will reduce the turf’s ability to absorb water and nutrients, and your yard will not be able to withstand a drought. Heavily grub-infested grass can be easily lifted and pulled out of the ground. Grubs will also attract birds, moles, raccoons, skunks, and armadillos that may dig holes in your yard as they search for grubs.

Grub Infestation Test? Pull A Patch!

To know just how badly grub worms have impacted your lawn, you can dig up a square foot of your grass about 2 to 4 inches deep. Seeing a few grubworms (about five per square foot) in the soil could be expected, but too many is a sign of a more significant problem. In August, grubs tend to be active and closer to the top of the soil. Don’t forget to replace the squares of sod and water when the visual test is complete.

Why Call Coastal Lawn & Pest For Your Grub Control Needs?

Early identification and treatment are the best defense when combating grubs. We have extensive grub expertise and offer treatments to eliminate even the hardiness of grubs. We are a family-owned and daily operated company insured and fully licensed to provide pest management services for homeowners and businesses. To learn more about Coastal Lawn & Pest’s grub control programs at your home or business, complete our online request form or call (239) 230-7020 today for the fastest response.

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