Grub Control

If you have 10 or more grubs within a single square foot of your lawn, you may have a grub issue. Our grub control service provides effective relief from this common insect.

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Understanding Grubs and Their Impact On Lawns

White grubs, the larval stage of beetles, can damage lawns with their similar life cycles. Adult beetles are typically present for about a month in the summer, serving as an early warning sign for potential egg-laying in nearby turf, leading to white grub infestations.

Life Cycle of Grubs

The larvae feed the rest of the summer and into early fall. They then go deep in the soil to “overwinter” – and feed again in the spring. 

They then finally complete development into adult beetles in late spring.

Lawn Damage From Grubs

Lawn damage occurs when grubs feed on turf roots, and it can attract raccoons or skunks seeking the grubs.

In Central Virginia, damage is typically caused by June beetles, Japanese beetles, and Masked Chafer beetles.

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Optimal Timing For Grub Treatment

Several insecticides, particularly systemic ones, are effective for grub treatment when applied during the beetle's flight. These products persist for months and target young larvae, not adult beetles unless they are damaging landscape plants.

Grub Control for a Lush, Healthy Lawn: Virginia Green's Expert Solutions

Proper grub application and timing is important to ensure a lush, healthy, green lawn. Virginia Green offers an application that will control the grub population.


Grub Control Tips

Repairing damage from grubs, or mammals feeding on grubs, can include aeration and seeding or potentially using sod to replace the turf.


Apply Imidacloprid When Beetles Are Active

Usually, mid-June to Early July is the best time. These products work best on young larvae and if applied late in the summer, will not work.


Water In Grub Control Applications Promptly

These products breakdown in sunlight and will not be effective if not watered into the soil within a few days of treatment.


Do Not Use Beetle Traps

These traps attract many more Japanese beetles than would be present normally. Expect significant damage to the landscape plants with the higher beetle population, as the traps only collect about 25% of beetles. This also increases the potential for greater turf damage.


Maintain a Thick Lawn

Keep your lawn thick and healthy through proper fertilization and aeration, as healthy turf is less susceptible to grub damage.

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