What Are Grub Worms?

Did you know that grub worms aren't actually worms at all. They are the larvae of several different types of beetles in the scarab family. They are a typically a white color with an orange-ish head and six legs near the front of their body. Their bodies appear slick and are usually curled up into a C-shape. Some of the beetles in the Scarab family are:

  • Japanese beetles
  • dung beetles
  • June beetles
  • Rose chafers (Australian, European, and North American)
  • rhinoceros beetles
  • Hercules beetles
  • Goliath beetles

How To Catch Grub Worm Damage?

1) Dead Patches in The Lawn

If you've begun to notice patches of weirdly shaped dead spots, then there's a chance grubs could be involved. This is fairly common later in the summer or early fall as the appetites of bugs/insects go through the roof. Keep in mind that brown spots can be caused by a variety of different issues, so refer to #2 for further investigation.

2) You Can Visibly See Them

This is the most obvious part when trying to identify if you have a grub issue or not. Though, keep in mind that they won't be laying around your property, you may need to do some digging to find them underneath the grass. If there's a dead/brown spot that you want to investigate, grab a shovel, dig up a few small holes, and check to see if you can find any grubs.

3) The Grass Has Spongy Areas

Your lawn may look healthy, but if you’ve started to notice that it's feeling a bit squishy or spongy, it may be worth some further investigation as it could be caused by grub worms munching away at the grassroots. Without the root system, your grass loses its grip on the soil underneath allowing unusual movement from the top layer.

4) Uninvited Animals

Yes, if you have grubs, begin to expect guests such as birds, raccoons, armadillos, skunks, or moles. Keep an eye out for those guests and see if you can find where they go, that may give you an idea of where those slimy, white bugs are living in your lawn.

How To Stop Grub Worms?

Grub worms can cause a huge amount of damage if left untreated and when left long enough, can chew through the entire root system of your lawn. Our team of lawn professionals know what to do and how to prevent grubs from coming back in the future. Give us a call or fill out the form to receive a free, no obligations estimate.