Last weekend I was planting some bulbs, and for each hole that I dug I
found at least 3 grubs (mid-sized ones not huge yet). They weren't
there last year. Where did they come from and how do I get rid of
them? My front lawn is also dead. I thought because too much sun and
too much fertilizer, but it was the grubs that did it!!! I'm not sure
what type of grubs I have. They have a white body with a yellow head
and a black tail?
Please, please, somebody help me!!! I'm near Washington DC. Thanks
Once you've identified them with the help of tips from the others here, do
some research and speak to a KNOWLEDGABLE person at a garden center. Rather
than turn your lawn into Love Canal, you may be able to treat it with
bacillus thuringensis or something from that category - bacterial stuff
rather than poisons that cannot be and won't be tested for safety with
Sounds like the larvae of Japanese beetles. Right now is an appropriate
time for applications of milky spore, a biological control. Not the fastest
control but can be very long lasting. Chemical remedies include
imidacloprid, a relatively low toxicity insecticide.
Doug offers good advice. Confirm diagnosis FIRST by taking several grubs to
your local extension agent or a knowledgeable full service garden center for
ID, then follow their advice for control, opting for the least invasive
pam - gardengal
firstname.lastname@example.org (audrey) wrote in message
Grubs will not only eat away the roots of the grass, but make your
lawn irresistable to digging squirrels and raccoons. They're beetle
larvae and can fly in from anywhere.
Hit your lawn with season long grub killer in the spring and use an
instant killer like GrubX as necessary. Seed the heck out of the lawn
in spring. If you're a millionaire, till the entire lawn with
pesticide and start with fresh sod.
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