Grubs, the larvae of various insects, can quickly infest and wreak havoc on lawns and homes. Most grub control products must be applied at the right time during the spring and fall in order to effectively eliminate grubs for the rest of the year.
There are two basic grub removal methods, curative grub control and preventive grub control. Learn more about them here:
Curative Grub Control Products
Curative grub control products are mostly used during the spring and fall when grubs generally appear. They can also be applied as a preventative measure in grub control.
Products containing Sevin (also known as carbaryl) or Dylox (also known as trichlorfon) are the most common components found in curative grub control products. They can be found in various amounts in the following products:
Bayer Advanced 24-Hour Grub Killer Plus Granules
- What is it? An easy to spread, high-efficiency granule that provides 50% higher concentration and covers 5,000 square feet.
- What are the active ingredients? Less than 10% Dylon
Sevin-10 Bug Killer Dust
- What is it? A ready-to-use dusting formula available in two containers.
- What are the active ingredients? Available with 5% carbaryl or 10% carbaryl
Preventive Grub Control Products
Preventive grub control products are applied to the lawn or garden before grubs begin to form. Most grub control products contain one of two pesticides: Merit (also known as imidacloprid) and Mach 2 (also known as halofenozide).
Bayer Advanced Season-Long Grub Control Granules
- What is it? Granule product applied once per season to kill grubs for the entire season. Bayer Advanced Season-Long Grub Control Granules also promotes vigorous root growth.
- What are the active ingredients? Merit
Greenview Grub Preventer and Killer
- What is it? A season-long protector that covers up to 7,500 square feet of turf controlling grubs for the entire season.
- What are the active ingredients? Mach 2
Organic and Natural Grub Control Products
If you aren’t a fan of using chemical-based products to get rid of grubs, you can try natural methods such as milky spores and nematodes.
Milky spores can only work on fully grown grubs, also known as Japanese beetles, which ingest the bacterial spore spread across the soil. This will liquefy their insides and cause them to die.
Nematodes, also known as beneficial nematodes, are another form of organic grub control. They are small parasites that can be unleashed on lawns and absorbed into the soil with water. They kill grubs by entering the body and releasing bacteria that slowly kills the pest.