To late to control grubs in zone 5?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by BLC1, Oct 22, 2010.

  1. BLC1

    BLC1 LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
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    Is it a lost cause this time of year to try and control gurbs? I am in Zone 5. Should I try something now or wait until spring?
     
  2. ICT Bill

    ICT Bill LawnSite Platinum Member
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    wait for next year when they are active
    grubs are in their 3rd instar and are tough as nails right now, they are also burrowing down in the soil so you even if you could get to them the chemicals will not have much effect

    most will not be grubs next spring but will go through their lifecycle and lay eggs in spring which become new grubs in the summer

    your time to treat is probably in June and July maybe august depending on the type of spring and summer you have
     
  3. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    I treated 3 lawns today for grubworms. Mask chafer grubs are still actively feeding here. Main reason is the soil temp is still warm (warmer than normal for this time of year).

    My rule of thumb: If I find them (target pest), and the turf pulls up like a carpet -- I treat them. Most often I just treat the brown areas, but if the lawn is being watered, I'll find them in green areas too. Soil temps should drop soon so I won't have to deal with them anymore.

    my 2 cents (central Iowa)
     
  4. americanlawn

    americanlawn LawnSite Fanatic
    from midwest
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    Just checked -- 4 inch soil temps here are 54 - 60 degrees. It's not uncommon for grubs to be active in this temperature range here.
     
  5. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Silver Member
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    I haven't measured my soil temp but I know what I see. A couple lawns this week with grubs right on top of the soil when I pulled away dead grass.
    I'm not sure if masked chafer or Japanese beetle. (I wasn't inclined to be looking at their butt hairs. :) ) I treated those small areas with Dylox, the active ingredient which will work now if anything will.
     
  6. CHARLES CUE

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
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    If the grubs are still on the surface feeding some thing like dyloxs also has season long control. Not sure but does that mean it would last till next year. or just the rest of this year?

    I sprayed at the golf course this week and the grubs were still on the surface here. The skunks were still digging and we stopped and pulled back the turf and they were there.

    Charles Cue
     
  7. starry night

    starry night LawnSite Silver Member
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    The skunks were hiding under the turf?..................:laugh: I'm sorry. I couldn't help it.
     
  8. CHARLES CUE

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
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    It was day light the time i got there they must have left for lunch. there was frost that morning they must have been trying to keep warm.

    Charles Cue
     
  9. humble1

    humble1 LawnSite Silver Member
    from MA
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    Trichlorfon breaks down rapidly in fertile soil last longer in more sterile soil half life less than a month, you wont get season long control with dylox, imidicloprid gives season long control.
     
  10. CHARLES CUE

    CHARLES CUE LawnSite Silver Member
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    I didn't know i thought that i read on the label of dylox that it said season long control. But i didn't have the label in front of me.

    Charles Cue
     

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