Why get rid of grub worms in your lawn? To prevent unwanted pests like raccoons, skunks, moles, and even rodents! Continue reading to learn three natural remedies for lawn grub removal.
Grub worms mostly come from Japanese beetles who lay their eggs halfway through summer in sunny areas of a lawn. They live in the soil, where they feed on grass roots. This natural behavior can make your lawn resemble a camouflaged coat, as it kills patches of yard, leaving random blotches of brown, tan, and yellow grass.
But this is not the only reason why lawn grub presence is ominous. The presence of such larvae is a prime target for nuisance wildlife like skunks and raccoons. They will dig up lawns in search of juicy grubs to fill their bellies, leaving your lawn in ruins. And to make matters worse, they will come back night after night in search of more.
Treating and Detecting Grubs
Usually, to resolve a nuisance animal problem, a variety of methods are combined at once (or over a long or continuous period of time) for safe and effective results. Treating a grub worm problem is one common approach for reducing pest activity around residential properties. The first step in doing so is to identify a grub worm problem. Once you are sure grub worms are to blame, you can move forward with an application of treatment.
To detect a grub worm outbreak, cut into your grass and pull back a quarter of a square foot of sod to reveal the soil beneath. Dig through the soil and count how many grub worms you find; more than 5 in this patch size is considered an infestation. Do not count earth worms.
Natural Treatment Options
Although you can purchase over-the-counter chemical pesticides that are scientifically formulated to eradicate a grub worm infestation without jeopardizing the quality of your grass, many people prefer a chemical-free method. This is especially true for those with outdoor pets and domesticated animals, like cats, dogs, and livestock. It is recommended to treat for grub worms in the late summer or fall, when precipitation is low and they are still small in size. In the spring and early summer, the worms are too large and no longer eating, making them close to impossible to treat.
Three of the most common natural methods to getting rid of lawn grubs include neem oil, milky spores, and beneficial nematodes. These remedies are made from natural ingredients, making them non-toxic and chemical-free. They are both safe and effective to use on any lawn.
Neem oil is a botanical pesticide that retains several effective insecticidal properties. It is commonly used for skin care, it is also effective at killing Japanese beetles before they can lay their eggs. All you do is mix the oil with some water inside a plastic spray bottle, and then spray the solution around your lawn in the affected areas.
Milky spore is a surprising eco-friendly option that works well at killing off grub worms, since it is essentially a disease. But you can use this disease against menacing lawn grubs by incorporating it into the affected soil. Not only does it kill grub worms, it will continue to spread its spores, thus preventing future outbreaks.
Beneficial nematodes are tiny worms that live in soil and release a bacteria that infects grub worms. Once infected, grub worms dies, decompose, and never come back! Nematodes can be purchased as a liquid, and applied in the same way as neem oil.