Warm winter vs. next yr grub population

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by mikesturf, Dec 28, 2003.

  1. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    Just wondering, will a warm/mild winter contribute in any way to an increase in lawn insects, especially grubs for the 2004 lawn season? I live in Chicago and it is 50 degrees with no snow. This time of year we can easily have 2 feet of snow with below zero temperatures.
  2. SodKing

    SodKing LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,641

    Generally a warmer winter will not affect the population of grubs. Those little buggers stay under the frost line and move up and down depending where the line is.
  3. Ric

    Ric LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,969


    Everything is everywhere but the environment selects. Weather can effect grub population. However it is rain fall not cold that effects grubs. Grubs like wet but not saturated soil. Look for them just above the high water mark of ditches and any other place water is retained.
  4. puredata

    puredata LawnSite Member
    Messages: 15

    Well, here it is Janurary tenth......................is it still warm in Chicago?

    It's a balmy minus two degrees here in Rhode Island.

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