What Should I Know About Grub Worms?
Before the start of another hot and humid summer in Texas, you may notice some grub worms — the larval stage of the adult June beetle (“June Bug”). While it may be common to have them on your lawn, if too many of these grub worms begin to feed on your green, they can tarnish the appearance of your turf. They can also invite other “unwanted guests” to your lawn.
To learn more about the mysterious workings of grub worms, read on.
What Exactly are Grub Worms?
As mentioned earlier, grub worms are the immature stage of June Beetles. These pests commonly emerge between March through May and leave their eggs in your lovely lawn. As the white grubs begin to look for nutrients, they’ll feed off of the roots of your lawn from June through August.
Sadly, as a result, your once-green lawn will not be luscious and full. Read on to know the signs that grub worms are present on your property.
How Can I Tell if My Lawn Has White Grubs?
If you suspect that your lawn has “June Bugs,” there are a few telltale signs to be on the lookout for, including:
Dead Spots on Your Lawn
While looking at your lawn, you may begin to notice the slight decline in its radiant hue of green and see a gradual increase of dead patches of grass instead. Typically, you’ll start to see this as early as June and as late as August.
Unfortunately, when you have white grubs present on your lawn, you might notice a rise in “unwanted guests” stopping by your property to visit their new “friends” — rather, food. In Texas, some of the critters you may see visiting your yard include:
Birds and more
Another thing to keep in mind is that if you have white grubs present on your property, certain areas of your lawn may start to feel sponge-like when you walk upon them. Primarily, this happens because the grub worms are eating away at the core of your lawn.
As a result, the patches they’re feasting off of will become weak and brittle. Furthermore, there’s also a great possibility that those weaker areas will begin to fade into a yellowish hue — rather than bear their green disposition — which means it will continue to thin and gradually die.
Now that you know the signs of what to be on the lookout for, here’s how you can banish these pests from your lawn once and for all.
How Can I Reduce the Risk of Grub Worms?
Actively Observe Your Lawn
One of the best ways to lessen the chance of grub worms is to actively observe your lawn. Although many grub worms make their presence known during summer, it’s never a bad idea to use a spade and cut 1-foot sections that are about 2 to 4 inches deep in various dying areas of your lawn. If you notice more than five grub samples, it’s time to take action.
Schedule a Grub-Proofing Service
If you’re looking to prevent these pests from creeping into your lawn when you least expect it, you may want to consider a professional grub-proofing service. Applied in June — the start of “June Bug” feeding season — a preventative grub material will be applied to ensure that the grub worms are eradicated during the larval stage.
Another benefit of having a grub-proofing service is that not only will it help save your lawn and keep it in pristine condition, but it will also lessen the chance of various pests — such as armadillos, raccoons, and skunks — from lurking around your turf and digging into it to look for food.
Grub Control & Treatment Services in Texas
Since 1976, Perm-O-Green has helped customers keep their lawns beautiful and pest-free. If you’re looking for a people and pet-safe way to rid of grub worms before they have the chance to feed, we’re the experts to know and trust!For more information, give us a call at (800) 903-1460 or request service online!