How Bad Is It To Have Grubs On My Arlington Property?

Where do we start? There are many ways grubs can be bad news for the vegetation on your property. Today, we're going to break things down for you and give you some important insight regarding this frustrating pest problem.

A brick home in the suburbs of Chicago with grubs on my Arlington property.

Tree And Plant Damage

It is important to understand that the grubs in your lawn are the larvae of beetles, and there is one beetle that is a particular issue. It is called the Japanese beetle. When these beetles emerge from the ground, they can appear in large numbers and skeletonize your plants. They start at the top and work their way down. Within 48 hours, they can decimate your plants. They come and go so quickly, it can be difficult to do anything about them once they've begun their feeding frenzy. Fortunately, these beetles won't kill your trees or ornamental plants. Your trees and plants will grow back next year. The downside is that they'll be unsightly this year. This is why we put an emphasis on addressing grubs early. It prevents the beetles from emerging.

Lawn Damage

If you have grubs in your soil, you'll notice areas of your lawn that don't look so hot. Grubs damage your lawn. You may see areas where the grass is thinning. You might notice grass turning yellow. But, the end result is that you're going to start seeing dead patches in your lawn that are light brown and ugly.

Lawn Pests

When you have grubs in your yard, they will invite animals to dig or peck at the ground. There are many animals that like to eat grubs—everything from raccoons to birds. This can cause holes in your yard but, more importantly, these animals can bring ticks, fleas, and other parasites with them. If you have a dog or a cat, it can expose your pet to ectoparasites. And, in the case of Lone Star ticks, you or your kids can have dozens of seed ticks attach to your skin while you are out in your yard.

What Not To Do

When it comes to dealing with grubs, one of the worst things you can do is water the areas that are being damaged. But this is exactly what a lot of Arlington residents do because grub damage looks like drought damage. It is important that you recognize the dry patches for what they are. The last thing you want to do is give those grubs a drink of water.

The Best Solution For Grubs

There are many pests that can damage your lawn and landscaping. The best solution for grubs is the best solution for aphids, white flies, mites, scales, fungus, weeds, and more. Invest in lawn care and pest control service. There are many species of beetles. If you use the right products on the wrong beetles, you can waste a lot of time and money only to continue to have trouble with grubs.

At Trees Hurt Too Inc., we provide comprehensive lawn and pest control to help lawn grass and vegetation stay healthy and beautiful. Our licensed plant health care professionals know how to diagnose your grub problem and eliminate the grubs before they can emerge as beetles and before they can do extensive damage to your lawn. They'll also provide your lawn with other essentials, such as fertilizer, pre-emergents, post emergents, insect and fungus control, and target control of ant colonies.

Healthy ornamentals, a beautiful lawn, and effective pest management can all be found here at Trees Hurt Too Inc. Reach out to us today for a free, no-obligation quote to get started.

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