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Grubs are small, “C”-shaped bugs that eat grass roots. They can cause additional damage by making small tunnels through the root area. When grubs hurt the roots, they make it more difficult for your grass to absorb water and nutrients. This can make your grass more susceptible to drought and other problems. Naples lawn care will definitely be needed and the longer you wait the more costly it can become.
If that wasn’t bad enough, grubs are also tasty treats for raccoons and armadillos. These unwanted guests will…
…visit your yard if you have lots of grubs. You might also notice dark wasps with light stripes on their bellies. These wasps can be another negative consequence of a grub infestation.
Signs of Grub Damage
If you have root damage from grub feeding, your grass will gradually thin out. The grass blades will become yellowish in color, and eventually die. Grub-infected grass feels soft and spongy, and you can easily pull it up with your hands. If your infestation gets worse, you’ll notice more patches of brown grass that keep getting bigger. The brown patches won’t respond to watering or fertilization.
You can check your lawn for grubs by cutting a square foot piece of sod in your yard. You only need to cut it on 3 sides, about two inches down. Flip up the square of sod and do a visual inspection. If you see several “C”-shaped grubs, you might be infected. Remember to replace the grass and water the area after you’re done.
It’s perfectly normal to find one or two grubs. Healthy grass won’t be damaged by a small number of bugs. Grass can usually grow more roots than the bugs can eat. But if you have an infestation, it might be time to get professional help.
Your Naples lawn care, specifically grub prevention, should start by June 15, so that you can interrupt the life cycle of the grub before it matures. There are alternate treatments for an established grub infestation.
Pest professionals will advise you on the best practices to prevent grubs from ruining your lawn. Although most local soils are sandy, every southwest Florida lawn is different. They will know the “magic potion” of proper nutrients for your area. There are also local and state fertilizer ordinances that professionals will be able to follow.
If you’re in need of trustworthy, Naples lawn care professionals for pest prevention, pest elimination or pest removal in your yard, then feel free to contact us online or give us a call at (800) 314-8813.