Raccoons are omnivores, meaning they eat everything from fruits and vegetables, to meat, eggs, small animals, and of course, insects. One of the most easily accessible and delicious insects to get ahold of are lawn grubs; and no raccoon can turn down a big, juicy grub worm! For this reason, several property owners have a raccoon problem because they have a lawn grub problem. So it would be wise to get rid of grub worms in order to thwart raccoon activity on your property.
Continue reading to learn what you need to know about solving your grub worm conundrum.
Regardless if you have raccoons coming around every night or not, grub worms are not something you want in your lawn. In addition to inviting unwanted pests like raccoons to dig up the sod in hunt of them, grub worms do their own kind of aesthetic damage. Mostly, they cause the grass to die, leaving behind unsightly brown lawn patches that peel away like carpet. If you have this problem, it could be grub worms.
Getting Rid of Lawn Grubs
Lawn grubs generally turn into Japanese beetles. These species are known to lay their eggs in the middle of the summer in areas of your lawn that get the most sun, which means the signs become apparent in late summer and early fall. If you peel up a portion of your grass and find more than 5 grubs per quarter square foot, you need treatment.
All you have to do to solve a lawn grub problem is learn how to identify the activity and stop it from spreading. You can do this with a simple over-the-counter grub worm treatment solution available at any local gardening or home improvement store, or you can make your own homemade solution using milky spore, neem oil, or nematodes.
It is best to apply grub worm treatment as soon as you know they are present. In the late summer or early fall is when the worms are still young, small, and close to the surface of the ground. During this time, they are more susceptible to extermination. Do not wait until the following spring to treat a grub infestation, because by that time, they will be very large and more difficult to eliminate.