Determining which treatment for grubs is best for your lawn depends largely upon what type of insect you’re dealing with and what stage the problem is in. Every lawn has white grubs. They’re a natural part of the food chain. Unfortunately, if allowed to overpopulate an area, you won’t just be dealing with more than your fair share of June bugs. The grubs will eat through your lawn’s root system, and sooner than later, the grubs will reduce your yard to bare dirt.
Check out the alternative to see if it’s worth it—here’s what happens during grub treatment:
Proper identification allows for effective grub treatments.
Homeowners who notice bald areas of their lawn may have grubs, or they may have fungal infections, poor drainage or other problems. The pesticides that work to control grubs are very specific and will not cure other issues. In fact, applying grub treatments to a lawn suffering from disease or different pests may be the deciding factor in whether it dies or thrives. Proper identification is paramount to solving any lawn problem. Think Green Lawn Care technicians can help.
Curative treatments kill the grubs already living in your yard.
Once summer rolls around, grubs hatch and begin to feed. By August, they’ll be large enough to do real damage. By November? You’ll need to spend the next year rehabilitating your lawn if you don’t want it to die out completely. Curative treatments begin in early summer when the first eggs hatch. The homeowner or lawn care company applies the treatments to the lawn. And then they are watered in, taking chemical solutions off of your grass where the kids play and into the ground where grubs run for cover. Late fall is one of the most difficult times of year for grub control because the grubs are full-grown. The grubs are nearly ready to molt and are capable of digging down several inches into the soil, so the earlier the treatment can be laid down, the better.
Preventive treatment for grubs prevent eggs from hatching.
Beginning in early spring and continuing throughout summer, preventive grub treatments are the most effective. They attack eggs, making grubs themselves a non-issue. Remember, the eggs don’t eat anything on their own. If they aren’t allowed to hatch, you win the battle this year. This gives you a head start on next season as well.
And then there are treatments that do nothing at all.
A surprising number of consumer products sold for bug control are completely useless against grubs. If you decide to tackle this problem on your own, keep an eye out for the following chemicals: bifenthrin, cyfluthrin, deltamethrin, gamma-cyhalothrin, lambda-cyhalothrin and permethrin. Products containing only these chemicals will not work against white grubs or eggs. Garden center workers often recommend these chemicals, but they don’t understand how difficult these buggers can be to manage.
Now that we’re heading into late summer, it’s time to get serious about treatment for grubs. If you’d rather leave this task to the pros, just Think Green! Call us at (678) 648-2556 to schedule treatment for grubs today.