Lawn grubs are one of the peskiest landscaping pests around. They wreck havoc on a lawn and they can be difficult to get rid of.
Grubs are beetle larva. Beetles lay their eggs in compacted dirt and when those eggs hatch, grubs are born – and so is a serious problem for your lawn. There are various species of grubs and if your lawn is infested with them, the signs are pretty clear; however, you may not know what signs to look for. If you are suddenly experiencing issues with your lawn, the problem could very well be grubs. Understanding the signs of an infestation will allow you to get the proper treatment that is needed in order to eradicate the issue and return your lawn to its former glory.
Here is a look at some of the tell-tale signs that indicate your lawn is being eaten by grubs.
Brown Patches. If you suddenly start to see irregular patches of brown grass, there is a very good chance that you have grubs. Since these pests eat the roots of grass, as the munch the roots, the grass that was attached to those roots will wilt and become brown. You can see these spots in your lawn start to develop during the middle part of the summer and continue throughout the fall, as this is the time of the year that these pests are the most active. However, you should be aware that brown, wilting grass can be a sign of many problems. If the patches are random and they start out as a pale color and then turn brown, chances are its grubs.
Other Pests. There are many animals that enjoy dining on grubs. If you notice that your lawn is suddenly the preferred destination of birds, moles, raccoons and skunks, you probably do have a grub infestation. These animals aren't visiting your yard because they are friendly and want to say hi, they are there to eat the pests underneath your lawn.
Influx of Beetles. Do you notice a lot of beetles flying around your yard? If so, you could very well have a grub problem. Since these pests are the larvae of certain types of beetles, it makes sense that you will notice a lot of beetles flying around your yard. You will see these insects in the late spring and early summer.
Visible Grubs. Since these pests eat the roots of grass, they don't burrow very far and they can often be seen. If you are gardening and you see a small, curled up white larvae, you have found a grub. Of course, actually seeing these pests is a sure sign that there is a problem and even if you haven't notice the other signs, you soon will.
These pests are a nuisance and they can do some serious damage to your lawn. If you do notice any of these signs of an infestation, your best bet is to contact a professional pest control service like Hadley Termite & Pest Control Inc that specializes in controlling grubs.