Grubs can be quite destructive to your lawn once they hatch. It takes about two weeks for the larvae to hatch, and then they will start to cause damage to your yard. These white, c-shaped larvae are voracious eaters, eating on the roots of your grass until you are left with brown patches all over your lawn.
One of the tell-tale signs of a grub infestation is when your grass feels spongy and rolls up like carpet because there are not any roots anchoring it to the ground. There are ways to tackle grub problems once you find them on your lawn. But the best thing to do is to be proactive and use preventative treatments.
There are four stages in the life of a white grub.
Most grubs complete their life cycle in a year, beginning as an egg laid in the soil by a Japanese Beetle. Adult beetles usually lay their eggs sometime between June to August, and it takes about two weeks for them to hatch into grubs. These white, C-shaped beetle larvae are the ones that will eat their way through the organic matter on your soil, including the roots of your grass. Grubs will eat the roots of your lawn right where they hatched as they grow and need more to eat they will begin to eat their way throughout your property.
When the weather gets colder, they will descend deeper into the soil, and come spring; they will feed again until they become a pupa. Eventually, they will come out of the soil as beetles, and this time they will be targeting your landscape, eating the plants' leaves, flowers, and fruits.
Healthy lawns can withstand a few grubs, but there are signs that you should watch for to determine if you have an infestation.
There are several ways to determine if you have a grub infestation.
Many property owners do not realize that they have a grub infestation until it is already too late. There are several signs that you can watch out for.
- Brown or yellow patches - there are many reasons why your lawn can have some brown patches, but if you notice them growing, it can mean that you have grubs on your property. If you have more of a round spot, it is more likely a type of lawn disease rather than grubs.
- Spongy ground - this is one of the tell-tale signs that your lawn has a grub infestation. If you walk around your turf and it feels spongy, this is because there are not any roots to anchor it to the soil. You can confirm by gently pulling the grass to see if it easily pulls up from the soil.
Preventative grub control is the best way to treat grub infestation. Call (816) 886-1121 today to learn more about our treatment plans.
The best thing to do is apply preventive treatments to your lawn. You won't have to worry about grubs because the treatment will stop any eggs from hatching, thus preventing any damage to your lawn caused by grubs. Here at Sam's Turf Care, we have over 35 years of experience in the field of lawn care. We always strive for excellence in all our services, and we can guarantee that we will deliver the service you expect from our company.
We offer grub control treatments to residential and commercial properties in Independence, Gladstone, North Kansas City, and surrounding areas in Missouri. To eliminate any fear that your lawn may be infested with grubs, we have a pre-emergent application that will prevent the eggs from hatching.
If you ever find any grubs and pre-emergent application is too late, don't worry. We still have a post-emergent treatment that will readily kill the grubs in your lawn. Call us at (816) 886-1121 to know more about our grub control services.