To find them, usually early in spring or at the beginning of august, look for yellowed or dead grass spots that can detach from the ground very easily, almost like a carpet. Then, take a shovelful of soil under the damaged grass and look inside. You might also find little holes in your lawn.
If you find more than 5 worms per square foot, the grubs are well set and they will proliferate. Moreover, skunks and raccoons will come and dig holes in the lawn to eat the grubs.
The grass on which chafer grubs feed was imported by the English to imitate the castle gardens from England and requires tremendous amounts of water to flourish.
”Experts” advise you to let your grass grow taller during Chafer beetle mating season… And they also advise you to water your lawn less during their larvae cycle to eliminate them naturally…
We have to see the obvious: The advice ”experts” give you to get rid naturally of your white grubs are contradictory and will not allow you to get rid of the insects in sufficient numbers. The taller your grass, the more water it will need to be healthy, and if you do not water your lawn water enough as they advise, the grass will yellow even more than with the grubs.
”Experts also advise you to use nematodes, tiny insects who parasite the white grubs. That’s interesting at first glance, but the treatments are very expensive and depending on the winter’s harshness, most of them die before doing their work during next spring.
Liquid insecticides used by most companies are not a good solution because rain ( very common in Quebec) dilutes its effect and prevents it from targeting the intended, infested location.
The fertilizer, ”experts”, advise you to use to keep your grass healthy can be as harmful to the ground water as any insecticide applied on the ground’s surface. The idea is to respect recommendations and be extremely careful with any chemicals we put on our lawn.
At last, they advise you to sow clover grass or rustic varieties in your lawn to avoid white grub problems.
LET’S BE REALISTIC. ALL THE THINGS ” EXPERTS” ADVISE YOU TO DO ARE NOT PRACTICAL AND IN THE END THEY DO NOT WORK. YOU HAVE TO ACT INTELLIGENTLY AND WITH RESPECT FOR ECOSYSTEMS.
Because of our changing seasons, we understand it’s impossible to ask you to cut your lawn taller or shorter or water it more or less from one week to the other.
We believe that insects are very useful and WE DO NOT WANT TO HARM BEES AND OTHER POLLINATORS.
We understand that it would be more ecological to replace your lawn by clover grass, but we do not think it’s a practical solution and you will simply take care of your actual lawn…
SO: We offer you a different way to get rid of your chafer grubs. By using a smaller dose of a granular, residual insecticide concentrated on the infested spots, the insecticide will dissolve gradually with rain to insure a regular distribution of the product where it’s really needed. The insecticide has been tested and proven to be very effective and pollinators friendly. It will then be degraded naturally in the environment.
Exterior treatments should be made by a licensed expert because they have to respect strict government and municipal regulations.
We follow Health Canada and Quebec’s Ministry of Environment recommendations to the letter to make sure we apply pesticides as safely as possible.
We work for you and we care about your health.
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