Summertime in Florida brings far more than sunshine and beach days. Living in paradise also has it’s downfalls; The rain, heat, and humidity brings pests of all sorts causing damage to homes and lawns across Southwest Florida. Once concern that our customer seem to have are white grubs. What are white grubs? They are time, white, c-shaped insects that are actually the larval stage of June bugs. To understand white grubs a little better, you need to know their life cycle.
Usually in the summer and fall, adult beetles lay eggs in the soil. The eggs grow into larvae (grubs) depending on the species, the grubs may feed in the soil for a year or more. They feed on foliage of the plants and vegetables. This is where you can see the damage to plants in your landscape.
Then sometime around October or November, when soil temps begin to cool, grubs cease feeding and move deeper into the soil to form an earthen cell and ultimately transform into pupae. The adult beetles emerge a few months later, in June or July, to complete the one-year cycle
Now that we know a little bit about grubs lets talk about ways to identify if grubs might be a problem in your Cape Coral lawn. Have you seen any of the following:
- Plants that have suddenly wilted
- Some of your small plants are dying off
- Yellow patches in and around your lawn
- Seen raccoons, skunks, armadillos, opossums, crow, or ibis’s more often
- Small concentrated dirt mounds
- Inconsistent withering patches
If you answered yes to any of the above, then we need to now talk about how to fix the problem and prevent it in the future:
- Water properly because grubs thrive in moist warm environments. Its better to not water your lawn daily. It is ideal for your lawn to have time to dry out between watering sessions, while also giving it enough water to stay healthy
- Plant deep rooted grasses
- Effective chemical control of whit grubs depends on moving the insecticides down to the root zone where the grubs are feeding. Apply 1/2 to 3/4 inches of water immediately after application. Repeat irrigation every four or five days to continue moving the insecticides into the soil.
If you think you have a grub infestation in your Cape Coral lawn or have any other pest control needs, give our experts a call today