Grub Prevention & Control
Grubs are the larvae stage of several kinds of beetles and can do a lot of damage to a lawn or garden. They hatch from eggs laid in the ground early in the summer and live in the soil where they gorge themselves on the roots of plants.
We don't know that they are present until some damage is noticed. What you will see is wilting plants or sections of turf which can be picked up like a carpet. In some cases areas of grass will be killed from heavy grub feeding.
If grubs are not controlled when they are first noticed, they will continue feeding until fall temperatures drive them deep into the soil for the winter. They will resurface and continue feeding in the spring until they emerge from the soil as adult beetles. These beetles lay eggs in the early summer and the whole cycle begins again.
We can't predict where the beetles will lay their eggs, but we do know to start looking for signs of feeding in late July and continue to be watchful well into the fall.
There are two ways to deal with a grub problem. One prevention and the other is curative. If you have a problem with grubs every year there is a material available which can be applied early in the season which will prevent grubs from developing. If you do not have a chronic problem you can wait for signs of grub activity before applying a treatment.