Grubs are the immature or larvae stage of beetles
Grub Control is one of the most important aspects of lawn care here in Massachusetts. Grubs can literally wipe out sections of your lawn and if left untreated, an entire lawn. As with most aspects of a lawn fertilization program, the timing of grub control products is essential!
Grub Management in Massachusetts
Grub management in Massachusetts primarily focuses on the larval stage or immature stage of beetles. For many years, turf management specialists assumed that most grub problems throughout New England were caused by Japanese beetles. We now we realize there are multiple species of white grubs that can occur in various parts of the Northeast. White grubs are considered a subgroup that consists of the Japanese beetle, green June beetle, southern or northern masked chafer, European chafer, southern masked chafer, black turf grass ataenius, Oriental beetle and Asiatic garden beetle.
The life cycle of most of these is similar:
- Adult beetles fly in early summer and lay their eggs in late June to late July.
- The larvae feed on turf roots from early July through mid autumn and again in the spring.
- Pupae are present in the soil for a week in mid June to mid July
- Adults emerge early the following summer to complete the cycle.
The life cycle of the European chafer occurs about two weeks earlier. The adults of some beetles, such as the May beetle, may take three years to emerge from the turf. Other grub species may complete their life cycle in one year.
The adult insects feed on plants, trees and shrubs. Most of their activity, such as feeding,and egg laying occur at night. In Massachusetts, this egg laying stage usually occurs in late August. After hatching in the Fall, the larvae begin feeding on roots of the turf and can cause extensive damage. Additional turf damage can be caused by moles, skunks, and birds that feed on these insects. A sure sign of grub infestation is the presence of these other animals feeding on your lawn. Larva remains in ground over the winter and returns to feeding in the spring causing further damage to the the lawn.
When Grub Management Products Should be Applied
Grub Control products normally need to be applied before a problem develops. Our grub control services are designed to suppress the feeding larva that devour the roots of the grass plants. Preventative products are usually applied in the spring and late summer here in MA. However, we have professional grade insecticides available for use after an infestation occurs.
Grub Control Program Incorporated into our Lawn Care Services
Rutland Turf Pros has the best available grub insecticides to both prevent and treat grub infestations. Our turf management specialists will design and incorporate the proper application of grub management into your overall turf care program.
Solutions for Grub Control from The Pros
Rutland Turf Pros provides Lawncare Services including Lawn Fertilizing Service,Crabgrass Management, Grub Control, Weed Control, Dandelion Control, Fungicide Applications, Herbicide Applications, Insect Control, Moss Control, Clover Management, Dollar Spot, Red Thread Lawn Treatment, Overseeding, and Aeration Worcester, Central and Metro West areas of Massachusetts.
If you have a grub infestation, give our turf management specialists a call at (508) 886-3112 to take immediate action.