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Grubs

grubgrubDescription: Grub worms are the most serious insect problem in Georgia. These are the larval stages of the Japanese Beetle. White grubs are fat, white, C-shaped larvae with many wrinkles or folds along the body behind the head. The rear end is slightly larger in diameter and may appear bluish or black in color. White grubs have brown heads and six legs. Depending on the species and age, they may range from 1 / 4 to 1-1 / 2 [one quarter to one and a half] inches in length.

grub beetle stageDamage: Grub worms burrow under the turf about 1" and devour the roots in its path and severely damage your turf. grub worms feed in the soil during the warm days of fall. As the soil temperature falls, they burrow deeper to spend the winter. Depending on the weather they may be higher and lower in the soil until spring when it warms. Then they will be back up near the surface and feeding on grass roots again. By early summer they are pupating to emerge again as flying adults.   Symptoms of white grub damage begin with a wilting of the grass plants, and end with dead or brown patches of turf. Damage is primarily noticed in the fall, but may also be seen in the spring. Another key diagnostic symptom is that the sod pulls up easily, like a piece of carpet, often revealing the root-feeding grubs beneath it. Sometimes, with severe grub infestations, you may see raccoons, skunks, or flocks of birds foraging in the lawn. Feeding damage is often much worse during periods of drought stress because of the plant's decreased ability to take up water.

grubControl: Minor grub damage can be minimized by increased irrigation and a pesticide application. Since grubs are not found as often in shaded lawns, plant shade trees and select    shade-tolerant grasses for long-term suppression Once damage has reached the "severe" level, it is often too late to save the lawn, even with insecticides; at that point, you'll need to start the lawn all over again.

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