Grub damage Aug 12th!

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by mikesturf, Aug 12, 2008.

  1. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
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    Because of all the masked chafers and Jap bettles we had this summer (and all the rain) I expect ALL my customers who did not opt for a Merit treatment will have grubs. Today had a 15,000 sf lawn with lots of spots and TINY grubs. Quoted them $187 for Dylox treatment-sure its a lot, but I warned them a few times to go with Merit. Anyone else seeing grubs yet?
     
  2. b121774

    b121774 LawnSite Member
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    I've had a few lawns with billbug's but still to early grub's.
     
  3. tlg

    tlg LawnSite Senior Member
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    No grubs found here yet. I'm sure they will be here soon enough. Smart customers go for the preventative grub application, but we make plenty of money on those that don't. It's a good time to sell next years preventative application. They can pay now or they can pay latter. It's only a matter of time before their lawns get grubs.
     
  4. grassguy_

    grassguy_ LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 633

    mikesturf
    I don't blame ya, have been doing the same here with warning EVERYONE and the jury is still out, but from the plots at Ohio State, the counts are enormous! from 10-40 per square foot! Today was actually the first day we seen them within the soil profile, but their sizes are in the first instar. Though i don't mind the additional grub sales from those experiencing the problems, the real issue is getting homeowners to still water it in now, and listening to the whining that continues to follow! this is one of those stories TO BE CONTINUED:rolleyes:>>>>>> LOL
     
  5. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
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    I am crossing my fingers that my Merit apps work.
     
  6. TforTexas

    TforTexas LawnSite Senior Member
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    We've been seeing them here in Texas for 3 weeks or so now.
     
  7. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    Hi Mike -- no reports of grubworm activity here yet (central Iowa). Last year was the worst we saw since the mid 80's. I hope this year is not a repeat.......or maybe not. Dylox treatment income could help offset the high fert costs. :laugh:
     
  8. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
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    I would expect this year to be much worse than last year (which was very bad in Chicago). For every grub last fall that hatched into a beetle this year, it will lay 12 eggs to hatch into grubs this fall. So theoretically, we could have 12 times more grub damage.
     
  9. Athletic field

    Athletic field LawnSite Member
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    Found grubs in western Pa last week. There's a patch of bent in the yard, it is now dead. I guess its a good thing, going to reseed this fall.
     

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