At Seasonal Lawncare we know the problems that face New York lawns and the number one problem property owners face is a grub infestation. These little white worms appear small but they can do severe damage to your lawn if left unchecked.
What Are Grubs?
Grubs are the larvae of Japanese and June beetles. During the late spring and early summer, these beetles will mature from their larvae stage and feed on your trees and shrubs at night. They return to the ground to lay their eggs. When the grubs hatch they immediately start to feed on organic matter, causing extensive damage to the roots of your grass.
Signs of a Grub Problem
– Dead or brown patches of grass
– Sod can roll up like a carpet
– Signs of skunks, moles, or larger pests digging up areas of your lawn
– Flocks of birds feeding in a particular area
Grubs Aren’t the Only Thing to Worry About
Grubs are the snack of choice for many different animals. When you have a grub problem these animals will come out in droves, treating your yard like an all-you-can-eat buffet.
A classic sign of a grub infestation is when you start to see mounds of earth on your grass. This is mole activity and they are here to feed on the grubs living in your yard. These tiny mammals can cause a tremendous amount of damage. Skunks, birds, and raccoons will also peck, scratch, and dig up your yard searching for those tasty grubs, destroying your lawn in the process.
It can be very hard to tell if you have a grub problem until the signs present themselves, but by that time it may be too late. The best way to prevent grubs and the other animals that feed on them from devastating your yard is to prevent them from ever establishing themselves.
Seasonal Lawncare’s grub control program is designed to eliminate grubs early and to prevent them from ever becoming a problem. We want to give you the peace of mind knowing that your turf is safe above ground and below.
Another lawn pest you have to be aware of in New York is the European Cranefly. You may have seen this eerie invasive species hanging around your porch light at night. Commonly mistaken for a male mosquito or giant mosquito, these giant flying insects are harmless to humans but can cause a great deal of harm to your grass.
In autumn, the larvae, known as leatherjackets, hatch and feed on all parts of your grass until they overwinter under the ground. In the spring they re-emerge and continue to feed on your lawn until they reach the adult stage. Cranefly damage is most obvious in spring.
Adult crane flies, attracted to moist areas, are typically seen at night and resemble a large mosquito. The larvae are gray to olive-brown in color and grow to be 1 1/2 inches long. They resemble a legless caterpillar or grub.
Being able to identify cranefly larvae is tricky and treatments should only be applied by experienced professionals. The experts here at Seasonal Lawncare have the skills and know-how to identify and eliminate craneflies and their larvae to keep your lawn healthy and protected.
Contact us today so we can help stop those creepy craneflies and gross grubs from damaging your lawn!