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All About Lawn Grubs And Lawn Repair

When you hear the words “beetle larvae”, the very first thing that will come into your mind are lawn grubs. The most damaging among them, especially during summer season, is the so-called Japanese beetle, a white grub bearing 6 little legs. In terms of notoriety, count in also the June beetle, Asiatic beetle, and the equally harmful masked chaffers.

Although both white grubs and cutworms are found into the thatch layer of your lawn, these two are not the same. On one hand, white grubs or lawn grubs are white beetle larvae measuring ½ inch to 1 inch long. On the other hand, cutworms are actually moth larvae which measure 1 inch to 2 inches.

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In doing your lawn repair, you have to consider different seasons by which grubs are undergoing some sort of life cycle. During spring time, beetle larvae are vigorously feeding. When the summer time comes, they developed into pupae, and they eventually emerge into beetles. The fall season tends to drive the grubs to go deeper beneath the soil surface in order to stay away from freezing. When the spring comes again, they will also come out again.

The most effective approach against white grubs is to keep your lawn greener and continually develop a strong root system. This entails feeding and regular core aeration using an effective aerator. Also, you will notice that in times of weeding operation, the white grubs are exposed. Hence, when you prepare your land area, you can manually remove them to reduce their damaging effects.

To enhance your damage control, you can use chemical control or insecticide although this is not entirely effective unless you perform frequent application over your lawn. Don’t forget that treating white grubs during fall is much effective than doing it during spring time. Understand that when they are done with their feeding season, white grubs become larger hence, harder to kill.

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