How to spot grubs and billbugs in your lawn

In the summer months lawns often show signs of the heat, with brown spots and other problems occasionally appearing. While some brown spots may be the result of underwatering, oftentimes there may be other issues. Many so-called dead or brown spots in the lawn may actually be the result of an insect damaging your lawn.

Grubs and billbugs are some insects that can do some significant damage quickly. Although they’re slow-moving insects, grubs and billbugs attack the root system and destroy the turf grass. Grubs can be easy to spot once in your lawn, while billbugs may be a little more difficult. One sure sign is the appearance of dead spots in a normally healthy lawn. If the grass is easy to pull up, almost like a new piece of sod, this may be a sign of grubs. Once you’re able to pull back the grass, grubs should be easy to spot.

Billbugs, however, are a little trickier to spot. These insects can also be identified by the appearance of dead spots in a normally healthy lawn. But the grass will not come up like a piece of sod. The grass, however, will be much easier to pull up as opposed to a healthy lawn. To check for billbugs, cut a portion of the grass and lift it up to see the soil. These pesky insects should be sitting there in the soil for you to see.

Although grubs and billbugs can destroy your lawn quickly, they are one of the easiest pests to treat. At Ferta-Lawn, we can apply a treatment that will kill the grubs and billbugs to help restore your grass back to normal. Recovery can take weeks, sometimes months, but your lawn will come back.

However, the best solution is prevention. A simple grub and billbug preventer treatment in late spring will keep these pests away for good. Tis treatment stops any damage before it can get out of control.

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