How to get rid of grubs without using poisons?

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  • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Sep 02, 2018

    Well, Mad, we are in a suburb outside Dallas, Tx. Feral hogs come up from the creeks and woods at night. One mama pig can rip up a lawn in a couple of hours to feed her half grown babies. Think: small rhinos or hippos. They are always looking for grubs. Grubs aerate the lawn differently than earthworms because the grubs are bigger. I my opinion, kill the grubs with anything allowed. Poison them, dig them up and sell the grubs for fishing, or replace the grubs with concrete blocks. Whatever it takes! ☺️

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    • Mad16447929 Mad16447929 on Sep 05, 2018

      These grubs are eating the roots on my strawberry plants Lots half my patch last yr ,& when weeding still finding lots of them eating the roots.

  • Jan Marie Jan Marie on Sep 02, 2018

    Grubs are the larval stage of beetles. Not all beetles are bad but the Japanese beetle is (they defoliate trees and shrubs and do not belong in North America) and there are safe non toxic methods to get rid of them. But first you need to figure out what kind of grubs you have in your lawn. If you have Japanese beetles you can use a beetle trap that lures them in with a sexual attractant. They fly into the trap and cannot fly out. I wrote a post about a Japanese Beetle trap hack that is easier to use and less expensive in the long run. Please do not use pesticides on your lawn especially if you eat vegetables grown in your yard, have animals that run around on the lawn, and especially if you have children who use the lawn to play on. Using pesticides have long term effects on the planet and your body. Good luck

    • Jan Marie Jan Marie on Sep 02, 2018

      There is also a new method developed by Michigan State University. I have recently been given dead Japanese beetles that were inoculated with a bacteria/pathogen (I can't remember) that is deadly to Japanese beetles. It doesn't fix your problem over night but in the long run the goal is to rid North America of the Japanese beetles which has been here since 1918 doing damage to indigenous plants and trees. You might ask your local agricultural university or agricultural extension office about obtaining these beetles. If you use the inoculated beetles then you will need to stop trapping. I trapped for 3 years and was able to get my grub population down to only seeing 2 or 3 a year but now I am using the inoculated beetles. I know a lot of golf courses use the inoculated beetles.

  • Oliva Oliva on Oct 29, 2018

    Milky Spore is an option, but will require repeated applications and is usually only effective for 7 years.