Grubs are arguably the most damaging lawn pest of all. They are powerful and sneaky, allowing you to go about your life for weeks without noticing that your turf is slowly being eaten and killed. Unfortunately, it doesn’t make a difference to grubs whether or not you take great care of your lawn throughout the year or not, they will attack and ruin it at their will.
Grubs are commonly known and seen attacking lawns throughout the United States, so sadly, no turf is safe. They go through a developmental process that can vary but always results in tearing up a lawn.
From Egg to Larvae
The fully grown beetles will find a cozy turf to lay their eggs in and bury them right underneath the surface of the lawn, making them hard to spot. The eggs can take anywhere from six days to 50 days to develop into a grub before hatching and moving onto the next step of larvae.
The Beginning of The End of Your Turf
Once the egg reaches the larvae stage, it’s the beginning of the end for your turf. At this point, the larvae will start to feed on the roots of your lawn over the period of a few months; and it still may not be noticeable unless there is a large number of larvae present.
During the larvae stage, you may notice other pests becoming much more attracted to your lawn. Particularly, moles, skunks, and raccoons will be burrowing through your grass using the larvae as food. If you haven’t noticed any signs of grub damage but benign to notice some pests attracted to grubs, getting your lawn inspected is suggested before it becomes a larger issue.
The End of a Grub and Your Grass
Beyond the larvae stage, your turf will be ruined, and you will have likely noticed grub damage before this point. This stage is called the pupae stage, where the larvae are done feeding themselves by stealing the nutrients from your turf, and they will now sit underneath the soil for several weeks before turning into a Japanese Beetle. After this, they will mate again, and the grub process will start over. By this point, your turf has gone past the point of no return.
Additional Things You Should Expect
When you suspect you have a grub problem within your turf, there will be a few tell-tale signs that you should be on the lookout for. These signs are things like grass that comes up easily, looking “rolled,” extensive brown or yellow discoloration, and brown patch. These symptoms will happen with grubs even if you properly water, fertilize, and care for your lawn.
Suspect a Grub Problem? Call Land Art for Help!
If you’ve been noticing brown or yellow discoloration, lifting turf, or additional pests that signify grub infestation, you can count on Land Art and our expert team members to be the people to lean on.