April 6, 2011

Grubs: The Ugly, Silent Lawn Killers

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. (April 5, 2011) – Grub damage is occurring all over the country.

In San Ramon, Calif., work crews had to treat and repair sports fields that were torn up by animals feeding on grubs underneath the turf.

The Connecticut County Extension Service says grubs are the number one insect problem responsible for killing grass in the Northeast.

If you search for grubs on Flickr, you’ll find plenty of examples of lawns damaged by the insect.

What Are Grubs?

White grubs are the larvae of Japanese, June and May beetles. They’re usually less than 1½-inches long and they’re curled into a C-shape.

They live underground and feed on the roots of your lawn. The most serious problems occur in late summer and fall, but you can also see damage in late spring.

“Grub damage can resemble other problems, so diagnosis can be tricky,” said Lance Walheim, author of Lawn Care for Dummies and lawn care expert for Bayer Advanced™.

You’ve got a grub problem if you see:

  • Dead, brown patches in your lawn.
  • Wilting grass, even when it’s watered.
  • Birds, moles, possum and raccoons digging in your yard.
  • Lots of beetles flying around.

Another sign: You can lift up the grass like a rug and see grubs underneath.

If you need fast action or easy prevention measures, check out BayerAdvanced.com for its 24-hour Grub Killer Plus I granules (kills grubs within 24 hours) and the new Season-Long Grub Control ready-to-spray formula (kills grubs all season long). Always read and follow label directions.

Deep, infrequent watering, fertilizing once or twice a year and mowing at the correct height for your grass with a sharp blade can keep your lawn healthy and less susceptible to pest damage.

About Bayer Advanced™

Bayer Advanced is one of the leading consumer lawn and garden brands in the United States. Driven by innovative thinking and category-leading research, Bayer Advanced provides innovative and effective solutions that help consumers grow beautiful lawns and gardens and protect their landscapes from pests, weeds and diseases. Always read and follow label directions before using Bayer Advanced products. Visit www.bayeradvanced.com for more information and to view how-to videos, or call 1-877-BAYERAG.

Bayer Advanced is a business group of Bayer CropScience LP, the U.S. affiliate of Bayer CropScience AG. Bayer Advanced, Bayer CropScience LP, and Bayer CropScience AG are part of the Bayer AG family, a FORTUNE Global 500 company.

About Bayer CropScience

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, a subgroup of Bayer AG with annual sales of EUR 6.830 billion (2010), is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of crop protection, non-agricultural pest control, seeds and traits. The company offers an outstanding range of products and extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture and for non-agricultural applications. Bayer CropScience has a global workforce of 20,700 and is represented in more than 120 countries. This and further news is available at: www.press.bayercropscience.com.

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