If you are having problems growing beautiful, green grass, there’s a chance you may have grubs. But what are grubs and how do you get rid of them? Grubs in Utah are a fairly common annoyance that can be treated with the right knowledge and products.
Identifying Grubs in Utah
Have you ever noticed small, plump, white, c-shaped creatures digging in your yard? They are likely grubs, which are a variety of beetle larvae. These pests lay dormant during the cold winter months and then hatch in the spring and eat your plant roots, especially turf grass roots. They eventually grow into adult beetles and lay eggs in the fall, which continues the life cycle.
There are many different kinds of white grubs that you may find throughout Utah. These little pests are the immature form of scarab beetles. The following are common forms of scarab beetles in Utah:
- Japanese Beetle
- May/June Beetle
- Masked Chafer
- Black Turfgrass Ataenius
What Grub Infested Grass Looks Like
The surest way to know if you have a grub problem is to look for sporadic patches of dead grass on your lawn. Give the grass a little tug and see if it comes up easily from the soil, like a carpet. If it does, the roots of the grass have likely been eaten by grubs. The grass may look white or brown and feel extra spongy. These grass changes become most apparent in the late summer when grubs are almost fully developed.
How to Get Rid of Utah Grubs
Now that you know what Utah grubs are and how to identify problems on your grass, the next step is to treat your lawn with the proper pest control products. While it is possible to treat your lawn on your own, many homeowners choose to hire a licensed pest control technician to do the job properly. Changes won’t happen immediately, but over time you will notice your grass looking more healthy.
Pesticide application alone is not enough. Implementing the following cultural control methods will reduce future grub damage to your lawn:
- Plant a variety of flowering plants that produce nectar and pollen, which will encourage natural enemies. These may include birds, flies, and parasitic wasps.
- Resist the urge to overly maintain turf grass with excess fertilization and irrigation. This can become attractive for adult female scarabs to lay eggs in.
- Begin monitoring for grubs in the early spring by looking for damage to ornamental plants.
Now that you have a better understanding of what grubs are and how to get rid of them, it’s time for the hard work of continually treating and assessing your lawn. Bamboo Servicing is one of Utah’s top choices for family friendly lawn care and pest control. Let Bamboo Servicing get rid of your Utah grubs so that you can enjoy a green, pest-free lawn. Call 385-429-2847 for a free estimate.
Below is a fantastic video, produced by Spring-Green Lawncare, that gives some practical types for identifying grubs and treating problem areas on your lawn.
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