Grub worms are the larvae stage for many different beetles. The most common of these beetles is the Japanese beetle. Grubs feed on the root system of turf. In large enough numbers these grubs can cause patches of brown, thinning lawn, and damage to the turf. The actual turf damage is caused by moisture lost from the reduction of root mass.
In the United States lawn grubs may be the most damaging turf pest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the Japanese beetle grub worms cause an estimated $234 million in damage every year. That’s $156 million to replace damaged lawns and an additional $78 million in grub control costs.
As if grubs are not bad enough, the presence of grub worms can attract many kinds of animals and unwanted lawn pests. These animals and pests include: moles, the armadillo, badgers, birds, mice, rates, gophers, groundhogs, opossum, raccoon, prairie dogs, and others. These pests are more than happy to tear up your lawn looking for their food supply. The first step in grub control is prevention. A strong, healthy, thick and green lawn has natural defenses; it’s like a strong immune system. A preventive grub control treatment is recommended for lawns that have a history of infestation, there is activity in the area, or the lawn is on a slope. Call today if you suspect a grub infestation or want a preventive grub control application.