We control grub infestations in Sarasota, Siesta Key, and Longboat Key, FL areas.
If you notice brown or dead patches of grass this might be caused by a grub infestation. Grubs eat the roots of the grass thus causing the grass to die.
During the rainy season in Sarasota, Siesta Key, and Longboat Key, FL, beetles begin laying eggs that will soon hatch and turn into lawn killers. These hatchlings, called white grubs, typically appear in September and can quickly destroy parts of your yard. By the time you notice the brown patches of grass that are tell-tale signs of a grub infestation, these pests may have already damaged your lawn’s root system.
The best way to deal with grubs is to kill them before they hatch. At Tropical Gardens Landscape, we are experts in grub control and grub treatments. Whether you’d like preventative grub treatments or need grub control for a current infestation, we have the experience and skills to restore your lawn to good health.
What Are the Signs of Grub Damage?
Grubs are plump, stubby, white creatures with six legs that can grow up to 2 inches long. Many types of white grubs can damage grass. In Sarasota, FL and the surrounding area, most are juvenile forms of June beetles, scarab beetles, and masked chafers.
When grubs hatch in the early fall, they are hungry, and grassroots are their favorite food. If you have a grub infestation, you’ll start to see brown, irregular patches of grass where the grubs have killed the roots. Grubs also have a taste for garden plants, particularly ornamental plants like geraniums, aloe vera, bougainvillea, and chrysanthemums.
Another sign of a grub infestation is ripped or shredded grass. These markings are the result of birds digging for grubs. Other animals, such as possums, skunks, and raccoons, also dig up yards searching for grubs.
To check your lawn for grubs, pull up a patch of brown grass. If the roots are damaged, you should be able to lift the patch easily. You may even find grubs curled up under the grass patch.
What Conditions Support Grubs?
Florida is the perfect breeding ground for grubs. It’s warm, wet weather and sandy soil promote the lifecycle of beetles and their offspring. When the weather begins to cool, grubs burrow deep into the ground. In spring, they reemerge as adult beetles—beginning the mating and egg-laying process again.
Grubs prefer warm, moist soil. Infestations often are more severe in the south- and west-facing areas of a yard, where the sun is most intense. Damage is also more severe in very wet conditions—either from overwatering your yard or heavy rains.
What’s the Best Grub Control?
After grubs have eaten grass and plant roots, it’s not possible to save the vegetation. Following an infestation, our experts will treat the damaged grass and plants with grub treatments to kill the pests. Then give the lawn and landscape the proper nutrients through fertilization to recover from the infestation.
The best grub control is prevention. We apply grub treatments at certain times of the year to match the lifecycle of harmful beetles. These treatments are highly successful at exterminating larvae and eggs before they can cause damage.
Why Use Tropical Gardens Landscape for Grub Control?
We provide full-service lawn care services, including pest control. We understand the Gulf Coast’s unique ecosystem and how treating any part of the landscape will affect the entire environment. Our grub treatments are nontoxic to vegetation or groundwater.
Many customers interested in preventative grub treatments and grub control also benefit from similar services, including:
- Plant and lawn disease control
- Weed control
Don’t wait until your lawn dies to get a jump on grubs. We can start treating your property immediately, before grubs and their voracious appetites begin destroying your landscape. If you have experienced grub damage, we can help restore your lawn and eliminate the grubs. Contact Tropical Gardens Landscape at (941) 993-2442 to set a date for preventative grub treatments.