What are White Grubs?
White grubs (European Chafer, Japanese Beetles, May Beetles and June Beetles) are small plump white larvae which actively feed on turf grass roots. They live below the soil surface and chew off the base roots of the green grass plants. After they destroy the grass roots and greenery, the lawn will appear unhealthy, weak or yellow in patches, as if the lawn is drying out. Other symptoms to watch for include; animals like sharks (seeing if your paying attention….NO SHARKS) skunks and raccoons digging up the lawn and birds feeding on grubs leaving pencil sized holes. Often the damaged turf will roll back easily like a carpet as the root system has been eaten away.
Life Cycle of the Grub
White grubs survive in the winter as larvae in the soil a few feet underground. In the early spring they begin to feed again. Later in the spring and summer they enter a resting stage (pupae) then hatch into adult beetles. A lot of beetles can mean a grub problem later as there will be higher populations to reproduce. Grubs cause significant stress to your lawn showing damage in spring, summer, and fall. If the problem is ignored the patches will get larger. Left undiagnosed grubs can devastate a lawn in a short period of time.
How can I treat Grubs?
White grubs can devastate your lawn. If you notice suspicious brown patches starting to appear in the lawn, DO NOT HESITATE! Call our office at 612-405-2660. Our professional lawn care technicians can verify the presence of a potentially devastating infestation; discuss preventative measures and recommend treatment if required.
If you have any further questions about White Grubs in your lawn or have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 612-405-2660.