"I don't have Grubs !"

Yes you do, everyone does.


If you are certain you have "NEVER" had grubs its because you have had the luxury of only having some grubs. The problem with grubs arises when the population becomes large and in a concentrated area. What are grubs? Well they are beetles in their larval stage. They fly in every summer and feed on all of our ornamental landscape attracting mates and feeding and once mated they go to the ground and lay eggs which hatch into grubs.


Banon has your grub preventative solution.


White grubs are the most serious and destructive turf insect pest in Illinois. Sod web worms and Cutworms.


While not all turf areas will get grubs and the extent of grub damage varies from year to year, there are some important points to consider concerning managing grubs. Grubs are white in color, with a characteristic "C" shape body when found in the soil feeding on grass roots. Grubs are the larval stage of beetles.


The most common grub species in our area is the annual white grub. The adult beetle, called a masked chafer, lays in the soil in mid-summer, primarily on well-watered turf in full sun, often near pavement. Damage from annual white grubs typically shows in mid August and may continue until early October. Other species may damage turf in northern Illinois, but usually are not as common as annual white grub.


Monitoring and control of these species is the same as for annual white grub. The true white grub (May or June beetle), for example, typically has a 3-year life cycle, meaning it could potentially damage turf throughout the season. Japanese beetle grubs also occur in northern Illinois, with timing very similar to annual white grub. Adult Japanese beetles are serious defoliators of many ornamental plants.


Since grubs feed on the roots of turfgrasses, damage will appear as browning of the lawn or other turf area. Consider that this also could be due to problems such as drought, poor soil and diseases. However, grubs are easy to find by lifting sod in damaged areas and checking the root zone for the whitish grubs. Skunks and raccoons may tear up turf in search of grubs, even when grub numbers are relatively low. Typically a population of about 8 to 12 grubs per square foot causes turf damage that requires control; whereas lower populations may not damage the grass, they may attract skunks and raccoons.


Other insects may attack lawns in northern Illinois but severity of damage changes from season to season and also by location. Examples include sod webworm, billbug, chinch bug, and aphids. These insects differ from grubs in that they are feeding at or above the surface of the soil and can be just as destructive when overpopulation occurs.


Banon Lawn Care Services provide preventative measures for Grubs and other turf damaging insect populations. With our Healthy Home Guarantee your lawn will have further protection that in the event damage does occur Banon will fix the damage at no additional cost to you.