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Grubs this time of year

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by Planter, Aug 20, 2004.

  1. Planter

    Planter LawnSite Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 214

    I've been in Greece for 8 months working on the Olympic project and will be home August 30. My wife tells me that I have a grub problem in the lawn. Since I've let my pesticide license expire 10 years ago I'm at a loss as to what is best this time of year to handle the problem. Any suggestions from the pros on the board?


    PS I can't wait to get on my tractor and move a little dirt!
  2. cemars

    cemars LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 387

    There are two ways to address grub control, one is a preventative application before grub hatch (usually applied in May-July) with Merit or Mach 2, the other is to use a product such as Dylox to kill grubs that have hatched and are in sufficient quantity to damage turf. When your wife says a grub problem, does she mean visable damage caused by grubs or did she see a few when digging in the garden? Grub damage is usually visable mid August-October so you will know soon.
  3. grassguy_

    grassguy_ LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Messages: 633

    As cemars said, best to hit with Dylox now since they are already actively feeding at this stage, otherwise early on then use Merit or Mach2. Some damage will be noticeable now ut most of the damage will come from the skunks, crows and raccons that dig everywhere for them.
  4. philk17088

    philk17088 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 17,386

    Checked 8 lawns in one development today. 10-12 grubs per square foot in each lawn, spread all over the entire lawn. I put down dylox and now i hope it rains. Customers are no help with watering. It looks to be a bad year this year.
  5. dishboy

    dishboy LawnSite Fanatic
    from zone 6
    Messages: 5,855

    I am over in Idaho, billbug are still in the larva stage in some lawns. I would guess that is what you are seeing over there also?
  6. Planter

    Planter LawnSite Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 214

    I know that it is grubs, they are everywhere in the area. I just couldn't remember what was the chemical of choice for fall control.

  7. Wolfie's L&L

    Wolfie's L&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 211

    If I may ask, what are you doing down at the Olympics?

  8. pben

    pben LawnSite Member
    from Israel
    Messages: 8

    I have a similar problem with big grubs actively feeding now and birds and animals digging for them. Dylox doesn't work for me on big grubs. What else can be used successfully at this time of year?
  9. Planter

    Planter LawnSite Member
    from Utah
    Messages: 214

    I was working as a security consultant. Out of work now (as of Aug 29) and the summer landscape season is near an end. Looks like a cold and tight winter at my house.

    Thanks for all the help.

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