Is Your Lawn Protected?
Are you in LOVE with your Lawn? Well you should be!
At Lenny’s Pest Control we believe you should have the best looking lawn on the block! If you’re living in Southwest FL then you’re already in paradise, shouldn’t your home and it’s surroundings look the part? This is the time of year when we reach out to our customers and remind them that it’s GRUB season and their lawn needs to be protected if they want to have and keep a beautiful green, lush, healthy lawn. Most people don’t realize that beautiful lawns don’t happen on their own. Aside from needing water on a regular basis, lawns need to be fertilized in the fall and protected against insects and bugs like GRUBS and NOW is the perfect time to do so. You also need to make sure that you keep those weeds in check because they can really do some damage to your lawn as well as shrubs and plants.
Today we want to educate you on those pesky and problematic GRUBS!
Grubs are the larval stage of beetles. There are many types of grubs but the ones which live in the dirt under grass are most likely Japanese Beetle, June Beetle, May Beetle, Black Turfgrass, Asiatic Garden or some other regional beetle which lays eggs whose larva feed on plants. Most people know what grubs look like. They usually have an off white, tan or even brown head, tend to be curled in a “C” position all the time, have lots of legs and a segmented body which is quite white. Grubs can vary greatly in size which is not only dependent on species. Clearly the food supply has a lot to do with just how big or small any one grub might grow. Other variables like temperature, humidity, water, local nutrients and soil type will influence their size and development. Grubs live just under grass, usually 6 inches to a few feet down, all of which depends on their species, food supplies and the time of year. Since so many insects generate a grub like young which can live in turf.
Grubs usually go unnoticed until the results of their feeding is observed. Such results will include dead grass, plants and flowers. It is quite common to find them still feeding even as you are removing the dead plant, turf or flower!! Such “pockets” of grubs should be more then just an alarm alerting you to what is happening. Don’t ignore it. Grub damage is by far the most common type of damage sustained in turf grass throughout the United States. In addition to grubs killing off plants, shrubs and grass, their presence tends to attract all kinds of animals. Moles, armadillo, badgers, birds, mice, rats, voles, shrews, gophers, groundhogs, muskrat, opossum, raccoon, prairie dogs, and skunk are just some of the animals which will readily tear up and pull apart lawns in an effort to find grubs. They love grubs
and lawns which have active grub populations will undoubtedly start to experience animal digging and damage. If you already have this activity, you need to put an
end to it as soon as possible. Turf which is in a weakened state already will quickly die off from all the digging. Grub infestations can also lead to other insect problems. There are many types of wasps which actually feed on grubs. These parasitic wasps thrive in yards where grubs are present and will come to feed and nest when large grub populations
Fall is the best time to inspect for grubs, although early spring can also bring on early infestations. At these times the grubs are near the soil surface feeding at the root zone. Use a spade to cut three sides of a strip one foot square and three inches deep. Force the spade under the sod and lay it back, using the uncut side as a hinge. Use a trowel to dislodge soil from the exposed roots. After inspection, replace the strip of sod to insure roots can re-establish contact with the soil. Repeat this procedure in several other areas of the lawn to locate possible white grub infestations.
Lenny’s Pest Control has a team of experts that specialize in Southwest Florida Pest Control inside and outside of your home. We are experienced in tackling the GRUBS and any other insects in your living space. Don’t try to fix it yourself, let the experts handle all of your pest control problems! We proudly service the Lee, Charlotte and Collier Counties. Call us at 239-945-6543 or visit our website at http://www.lennyspestcontrol.com/ to get a quote today!