If you are your own lawn man, gardener, or if you have a lawn service at one time or another you will undoubtedly hear or have questions about Grub worms. Or perhaps you are not a lawn enthusiast and you only know that grubs exist because you’ve seen people eat them on Survivor, Fear Factor and the like. Well, if you have a lawn you should be informed. Grubs can do extensive damage on lawns and in this economy who has the money to repair that kind of damage?
So where do Grubs come from? The answer is the Beetles…no, not those beetles, real beetles. The kind that you find floating in your pool in the summer after they’ve gone for a dip. You see, mommy beetle meets daddy beetle and next think you know baby beetle is worming it’s way through your lawn. There are over 30,000 species of beetles so we won’t take the time name each one, but there are 3 that you should be aware of since their babies do their worst damage. We’ll call them the Big Three, Japenese beetles, June beetles and chafers.
In the summer you may notice Japanese beetles in your trees and shrubs chewing on the leaves and other beetles flying around. If this is the case you can expect them to lay their larve in your plush green lawn. The larvae will feed on your root system causing extensive damage and later emerge as a beetle..and the cycle repeats itself year after year.
If you want to get rid of grubs you first need to start with the beetles. There are a number of different ways to remove Japanese beetles from your landscape. We will discuss those ways in the next post and later we will dive into how to get rid of grubs.