- Grubs are dirty white with a brown head.
- They have soft bodies.
- Most have six well-developed legs.
- When disturbed, grubs will curl into the shape of a C.
How to know you have lawn grubs
Pouring soapy water on a patch of lawn provides an easy way to flush pests to the surface. Dissolve two tablespoons of dish washing detergent in a bucket of water. Pour the solution over a small area of lawn.
Observe carefully. You may the grubs scrambling up from soil and grass to escape the suffocating soap.
Prevention and control of grubs
The best prevention is close monitoring of the lawn. If an area of grass seems to be lightening or browning, check for grubs. A pesticide labeled for grub control applied to the area can kill the grubs to prevent their growth and breeding.
How to repair grub damage
Because the grubs feed on the roots, grass will need to be started from scratch. Just treat the area like any other bare patch repair and be certain to keep the seed moist while germinating.