GRUB DAMAGE IN YOUR LAWN how to get rid of ants in the house THIS SPRING

Because lawns are actively growing when grubs do most of how to get rid of ants in the house their damage, we typically don’t see problems in our lawns during the summer or how to get rid of ants in the house the fall. The grubs end up weakening the plant enough that winter how to get rid of ants in the house survival of the grass is compromised which is why we how to get rid of ants in the house see all the damage in the spring.

On this chart, we really get a good idea of what’s happening with the grubs during the year. The life cycle of the grub begins with eggs laid how to get rid of ants in the house in july by adult june bugs, european chafers or japanese beetles. Each species is slightly different, but for the purposes of control and management, they are all the same.

The grubs visible in the spring are at the largest how to get rid of ants in the house larvae stage. When the soil warms in the spring, they come closer to the surface after the winter dormant how to get rid of ants in the house period and do a little munching on fibrous grass roots. The damage seen in the spring, however, is the damage from the previous year. The appetite of the grubs in the spring is relatively how to get rid of ants in the house minor and grass can typically survive this limited damage in how to get rid of ants in the house april. The grubs then begin to pupate in the soil as how to get rid of ants in the house plants start to grow. The adult beetle then emerges from the soil around june.

It is then that we need to brace ourselves for how to get rid of ants in the house the sights and sounds of the rather heavy and ungainly how to get rid of ants in the house insects bumping and attaching themselves to our window screens. At this point the adult beetle can become an annoyance how to get rid of ants in the house in the garden, though its effects are less of a problem in our how to get rid of ants in the house regions than the larvae is.

After feeding for a time, the adult beetle then lays her eggs back in the how to get rid of ants in the house soil and those eggs hatch in june/july. This is the point where grubs are most susceptible to how to get rid of ants in the house various control methods. The egg hatches and becomes a larva which feeds on how to get rid of ants in the house grass roots. The larvae go through a few “growth spurts”, called instars, and become progressively bigger. For the rest of the summer, the larvae feed on grass roots and grow and then how to get rid of ants in the house burrow down deep into the soil for the winter and how to get rid of ants in the house thus the cycle repeats.

In ontario, we have very few options left for grub control. Well, effectively one: parasitic nematodes – a microscopic worm that seeks out grubs and kills them. Products like grubout (water based sevin) or commercial products (like merit) were banned as of april 22, 2009. Control can be very difficult because the grubs are located how to get rid of ants in the house beneath the thatch layer of the turf and the nematodes how to get rid of ants in the house need to make their way through this layer to contact how to get rid of ants in the house and kill the grub.

Also, nematodes are a fussy bunch of bugs. A small package can contain up to 50 million of how to get rid of ants in the house these worms. They get diluted in water and are applied with a how to get rid of ants in the house hose end sprayer. Their effectiveness is not 100% but it is typically effective enough to strike enough of how to get rid of ants in the house a balance that the grub population is reduced to the how to get rid of ants in the house point your lawn suffers little to no damage.

However, there are some rather specific conditions to nematodes. First, the soil needs to be 15 degrees celsius or else how to get rid of ants in the house they will die. Second, they travel in water so they need lots of water how to get rid of ants in the house to get into the ground. Third, they are killed by ultra-violet light from the sun. With all these conditions, it makes nematodes sound rather difficult.

My suggestion with nematodes: stand out in the rain on a warm june day how to get rid of ants in the house and water your lawn with nematodes. You look like a dork, but it covers off all the conditions — the soil is warm, mother nature is providing water and you don’t often get sun and rain together. It’s not a perfect solution, but it seems to be the best option for the how to get rid of ants in the house home-owner.

Your other option is to repair your lawn from grub how to get rid of ants in the house damage by either re-seeding or laying sod. Your choice will depend upon the extent of the damage how to get rid of ants in the house and the size of your wallet. Seeds will be slower to germinate in early spring because how to get rid of ants in the house the soil is still cool and during the time of how to get rid of ants in the house soil exposure, weed seeds will have the opportunity to invade and germinate how to get rid of ants in the house so hand-pull weeds as you see them emerge.

The benefits of choosing seeding over sod, however, is the ability to select the type of grass (fescues, rye, kentucky bluegrass or a mixture of these), the low cost and the ease of handling. Choose any of wright’s feeds ‘N needs grass seed mixes which contain an endophytic fungus how to get rid of ants in the house that grubs find unappetizing and repels them.

Rake damaged area to remove the dead sod. Uniformly broadcast a good quality lawn seed. Ensure that the seed is in contact with the soil how to get rid of ants in the house by raking it in. Spread topsoil or compost over the seeded area. A light rolling will help firm the seed bed and how to get rid of ants in the house insure the seeds are in contact with the soil. The seedbed should be kept moist until the seeds have how to get rid of ants in the house germinated and the seedlings are well established. This may require a light sprinkling several times a day. Once the seedlings are established, routine mowing and regular lawn maintenance can resume.

Sod will provide an immediate solution to the bare ground how to get rid of ants in the house but it may contain a higher percentage of kentucky bluegrass how to get rid of ants in the house which will only thrive in sunny locations plus it’s more expensive and requires a bit more handling. Prepare the soil as for seeding but allow for the how to get rid of ants in the house thickness of the sod to be at the same level how to get rid of ants in the house as the existing lawn. Maintain good moisture until the sod is well rooted.

Healthy, vigorously growing lawns can tolerate more grub feeding than stressed how to get rid of ants in the house lawns because damage to one root is compensated for by how to get rid of ants in the house others. Adequate leaf tissue also provides nutrients and energy to repair how to get rid of ants in the house root damage. Remove excessive thatch, and aerate compacted soil areas to ensure proper drainage. A mechanized soil aerator with spikes or spiked sandals can how to get rid of ants in the house also help kill some of the grubs.

Beetles prefer to lay eggs in closely cropped lawns, so raise your summer mowing height to 6 to 8 how to get rid of ants in the house cm (2.5 to 3 inches). Leave lawn clippings after mowing because their slow release of how to get rid of ants in the house nitrogen favours the decomposition of thatch by microorganisms. Use fertilizer with high potassium and adequate nitrogen.

If you detect grubs during the warm, dry periods of your lawn’s growing season, irrigate and fertilize your lawn to maintain the turf vigour how to get rid of ants in the house and to compensate for the root feeding damage. Apply a top dressing of top soil, lawn dresser mix or triple mix and overseed with an how to get rid of ants in the house endophyte-enhanced grass seed mix. Deep, infrequent irrigation encourages deep-rooted drought-tolerant lawns. Water no more than once per week and water until how to get rid of ants in the house at least 2 cm (1 inch) of water collects in a container placed on your lawn how to get rid of ants in the house or for about one hour.

And one last bit of advice — a thick and healthy lawn attracts fewer bugs (and weeds don’t like the competition, for that matter, either). Keep your lawn thick and healthy — fertilize, overseed and water regularly — and you will have less chances of developing problems with how to get rid of ants in the house grubs, pests and weeds.

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