We have protection from grubs down here in Texas, in the form of
armadillos. They're about the size of your average possum 'cept they
have a hard shell (hence the familiar dish "possum on the half shell")
and small bony head. Long claws for digging and a long long tongue.
You can tell when they've been out the night before protecting your lawn
by all the &^%#$** holes they dig lookin' for the grubs. That tongue is
about ten inches long. Pointy and sticky at the end like its got pine
tar on it. Gets the grubs like anteaters get ,well, you know. Ants.
customers want me to get rid of the moles. I reply let me get
rid of the grubs. they say the grubs are not the problem, it's
the moles digging up the lawn causing the problem. then I reply,
have you ever heard of root cause analysis? then they ask what
do you think is wrong with the roots of my lawn.
true. however worm populations sufficient enough to attract
moles will leave visual signs above the surface making it rather
easy to determine if worms are present and therefore the root
cause of the mole population. grubs also create above ground
signs of their presence with dead patches of turf which are easy
to peel back revealing the grubs. it's always best to actually
determine the cause of the problem before attempting any solution
to what is thought to be the problem.
it's all a matter of making the proper diagnoses
when applied in accordance with the product labeling I've
experienced excellent results.
Yup, same here.
When I find grubs at work, I toss them on the cart path. Within seconds,
every time, a mockingbird will swoop down and grab the grub. It's nice
watching the grub meet it's demise, and I swear the mockingbird whistled
If you can read this, you've just wasted your time on reading the sentence
Thanks Steveo. Got a bag of it and put it down just before rain last
night. We got about a 1/4". Do you think that is enough? I was
thinking 1/2 - 3/4 would be ideal. Funny thing, on every one of
these type products, all they say is to water it in. You would think
they would give some idea of what that means. It obviously depends
on multiple factors, one of which is how easily the stuff disolves,
which of course I don't know. In my case, area of most concern, there
is minimal thatch, so less water should be needed from that
The obvious objective is to wind up with as much insecticide in the
soil area where the insects are. But whether that equates to 1/4" or
1" is the question.
Well, I'm not entirely sure. After I applied it, we got about 1/4"
of rain, then no more rain for a long time, which may not have been
enough to water it in. The affected area is in the back where I
don't have sprinklers and it would have been a pain in the ass to do
I lost some turf area closest to the edge of the woods, which is where
the problem was first noticeable. But I think that area was likely
going to be a goner anyhow, with or without the dylox. Between the
grubs and far less rain than normal during that period, it took it's
toll, but the affected area is actually fairly small.
The rest of the backyard came through OK, so maybe the dylox did stop
it from spreading. And the mole activity that was tearing apart the
above mentioned area didn't spread further. I got too busy and
didn't do any digging to see if there were any grubs around after the
Thanks again for the advice.
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