The three major grubs that affect grass are the Japanese Beetle, European Chafer Beetle, and the June Beetle.
Prevention is the best strategy when it comes to controlling these invaders. At Premier Lawn Services, we provide a preventative grub control treatment in early summer. This is sufficient for most lawns; however, a curative grub control treatment may be necessary for lawns that forgo preventive applications and that have heavy grub infestations.
When traditional grub control is applied, it tends to be warm and dry. Therefore, to work effectively, grub control products should be watered-in deeply.
Is Grub Control toxic?
This is a major concern for many clients.
Imidacloprid, or “Merit,” is a synthetic form of nicotine that is absorbed by invertebrates, causing calcification within the insect, interrupting nerve function, and ultimately death. Merit is not absorbed by humans and pets.
It passes through the body within 24 hours. Merit is used in some 400 different household products, including flea and tick control for dogs and cats and in treatments for head lice.
These everyday products are 700% to 1700% more concentrated than the grub control used on your lawn.
Surface Insect Control
Premier Lawn Services offers surface insect control as an optional add-on service to our lawn fertilization and weed control program.
During the summer months as we fertilize your lawn and spot spray for weeds, we will check for surface insect damage. If any issues are found, we will notify you and suggest an appropriate plan of action.
The most common insects that infest lawns are Chinch bugs and Sod Webworms
Chinch bugs are often found in sunny dry areas and in sandy soils. Chinch bug damage resembles drought damage – large brown patchy areas of dead grass. Sod webworm is easy to identify – that tan moth flying about when you walk across the lawn is a sure sign of an infestation.