If your lawn starts to turn brown and wilt in certain areas, you may have grubs. Grubs are small white larvae of beetles that feed off of grass roots, causing your lawn to brown and wilt. They can be hard to get rid of, so it's best to take some preventative actions before you get an infestation.
Peak feeding time for grubs happens around late summer to early fall, so now is the perfect time to start taking preventative measures! The most important thing is to keep your lawn healthy. A healthy, well-kept lawn has a much better chance of surviving a grub infestation than a lawn that’s been neglected. Getting your lawn aerated regularly is a great deterrent for grubs. The beetles much prefer undisturbed soil. Mid to late summer is a good time to apply pesticides because the grubs are still hatching this time of year so they can’t fight away pesticides as well as an adult.
To check for grubs, pull on the grass and see how easily it comes up. If you have grubs it’ll lift much easier due to the roots being eaten away. If you think you have grubs but want to know the severity of the infestation, cut out a square foot of turf, a few inches down, and see how many grubs there are. It’s okay to have a few grubs here and there, but if there are more that nine grubs per square foot, you’ve got an infestation and need to get on that right away. There are many products made to get rid of grubs, but we strongly suggest using an all-natural product rather than a harsh chemical formula. These chemical formulas can be harmful to your lawn and also to your children and pets.
Grubs can be a pain to deal with, but if you take preventative measures at the right time of year, like applying pesticides in the mid to late summer, you shouldn’t have a problem. But sometimes you just can’t get around it and you get some grubs. That’s alright! A few grubs are harmless. However if you’ve got an infestation, it can be taken care of if you spot it early and take the initiative to use the right products for your lawn and family.