There are many types of pests that can plague your yard and cause irreparable damage to your grass in Buffalo, Lancaster, East Amherst, and other nearby areas in New York.
One such pest that can cause vast amounts of damage if left untreated is the grub or white grub. Grubs are larvae from different species of beetles such as Japanese beetles and junebugs and usually hatch sometime in the summer, about two weeks after the beetles lay eggs in your yard.
The Life Cycle of a White Grub
Most white grubs, except the junebug, have a life cycle of one year. Junebugs have a three-year life cycle.
- Egg Stage: Adult beetles burrow into the soil to lay their eggs, usually between June and August. These eggs will generally hatch in about two weeks.
- Larvae Stage: After hatching, grubs start to eat the grass roots. They’ll continue to grow and as they do, they eat more and more of your grass. This is when grass damage starts to become visible and animals begin digging in your yard.
- Pupae Stage: Eventually, the larvae will turn into pupae, where they will stay for several weeks until they become an adult beetle.
- Adult Beetle: Adult beetles will then come out, spend about 2-3 weeks mating, and lay eggs to start the process all over again.
What Are the Signs of Grub Worm Infestation?
If you start to see dead patches in your grass as your grass begins to green up from the winter dormancy, it’s possible there could be a grub issue. You can test this by lifting up a part of the grass. If it rolls up like carpet or you don’t see roots attached to the blades, grubs are most likely the reason.
If it’s late summer and you see dead patches even though your lawn is being properly watered, that’s another sign. A huge sign is seeing animals like raccoons or skunks trying to dig under your grass because they’re trying to eat the grubs that are living there.
If you pull back the grass and see at least six grubs in the soil, then it’s time to call Buffalo Lawn & Landscape to come to apply grub control.
Leaving Grubs in Your Yard Leads to Damaged or Dead Grass
You’ve worked hard to create a beautiful lawn. Don’t neglect it by leaving grubs to stay in it. Grubs can kill your whole lawn if they’re left unchecked.
As grubs continue to grow, they nest deeper into your soil for the winter period so they can then come out in spring and eat more roots before reaching the pupae stage.
You want to be proactive when it comes to grub control, and that’s why we’ve designed a program to keep them away from your grass.
How We Control Grubs in Your Lawn
Grub control is most effective when it’s applied in the late spring through late summer, as it’s best to attack these pests while they’re young. If you suspect your lawn has grubs, we can come out for a free inspection and devise a treatment plan to get rid of them. Our grub control program also treats for other common lawn pests like armyworms and chinch bugs.
Let us establish a grub control plan for you today.
We’re here to help treat your lawn for these pesky bugs so that you can go back to enjoying your outdoor space. Give us a call today at (716) 961-9431 to set up a free inspection for your yard located in Buffalo, Lancaster, East Amherst, and other nearby communities in New York.