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Grubs Are Nasty Things

May 9, 2014

A lot of people think that grubs are just about the worst thing that can happen to your lawn… and I agree.  Even a carefully tended lawn can become a nightmare when you’ve got grubs.

Grubs are the white larva of common beetles, including those pesky Japanese Beetles, and let me tell you, grubs are nasty things.  They feed on your lawn’s roots, eating away where you can’t see them – until one day your lawn turns brown and you can roll up sections of it like a carpet.

Grubs eat grass roots resulting in brown, dead lawn patches in fall and early spring

Grubs eat grass roots resulting in brown, dead lawn patches in fall and early spring

So how do you protect against grubs?  The best way I know is with a great product we developed called GrubEx Scotts GrubEx protects your lawn all season long with just one application.  So don’t let grubs sneak up on you and ruin your lawn.  This weekend is the perfect time to spread Scotts GrubEx on your lawn.  I know you will be tickled with the results.

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  1. Joe F permalink

    Put down seed 2 weeks ago with starter fertlizer. When can I add this product to the lawn? Will this affect the new grass growing in?

  2. Hi Joe F
    I suggest you apply GrubEx after you have mowed your new grass once.

  3. fred permalink

    Grubex is a preventative, I’m looking for a curative.

    • Hi Fred
      This time of year grubs are in the non-feeding stage as they become a pupae in preparation for becoming a beetle, so it is likely you do not need to treat this generation of grubs. It would be a good idea to put down GrubEx to prevent the next generation.

  4. Joe permalink

    Hi Ashton,

    In New England temperatures are not too high this season. They are still in 60s. So should we wait few more days or should we apply it?


  5. Hi Joe
    You can apply now or if your new grass has not been mowed yet, you could wait. Suggest you get your GrubEx down before the end of the month.

  6. Joe F permalink

    Is grub ex available in Ny? If not what do you recommend?

  7. Hi Joe F
    GrubEx is not available for sale in the 4 counties on Long Island. It is available in all other states and in other parts of New York. I do not have an alternative recommendation for Long Island.

  8. Cathy Wright permalink

    Hi Ashton
    I am considering buying GrubEX but would like more information about its contents. I get horrible grub problems almost every year, so seriously need your input here. Does GrubEx contain any of the “neonicotinoids” that are so harmful to the bee population? Everything I read lately strongly advises us to avoid buying these types of products, and while Scotts is not mentioned specifically, the bag for GrubEx does not give specific product content info. Please help! Thanks very much.

  9. Dave permalink

    Hi Ashton, is it too late for grubex? I live in northern Kentucky. Thanks.

    • Hi Dave
      No you are not too late for GrubEX. Apply as soon as you can and be sure to water after spreading.

  10. wirehead70 permalink

    Hi Ashton
    I live in southern Va. and just cut my new grass for the 6th time today.Its the middle of october and am expecting a frost in the next 2-3 weeks.I noticed today while I was cutting the grass I have alot of mole tunnels in it.I have been trapping them and have got a few should I put down grubex now or just keep trapping and wait till spring to put it down?

  11. Hi wirehead70
    Moles feed on earthworms, grubs and other soil insects. Trapping is the best defense. There are also some baits that work well. Here is some info:
    It is too late for GrubEx this year.

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