In Pennsylvania, some property owners face the unfortunate issue of dealing with a grub infestation on their lawn. Several signs can indicate the presence of grubs, one being when your lawn feels spongey when you walk on it and it easily lifts up like a carpet. Another indication is the appearance of irregular brown patches of grass, which is a result of the damage caused by grubs feeding on its roots. Additionally, if you notice an increase in animal activity on your lawn, it could suggest that they are feeding on these pests.
1. Your lawn feels spongey when you walk on it and it lifts up like a carpet.
If your lawn feels spongey when you walk on it or lifts up like a carpet, it might be infested with grubs. These unpleasant insects can wreak havoc by feeding on the roots of your grass. As grubs consume the roots, they weaken the connection between the root base and the grass, causing it to lose its firmness and resilience, giving way under pressure and resulting in a spongy sensation.
Furthermore, when you pull up on the grass, and it lifts up like a carpet, it serves as a clear indication that grubs have been munching on its roots. As these larvae chew through them, they cause them to detach easily from the soil.
2. You notice irregular patches of brown grass on your lawn.
If you notice irregular brown patches of grass, it could be a sign that your lawn is infested with grubs. As grubs feed on the roots of your grass, it becomes deprived of its essential support system. This leads to a lack of nourishment and water uptake since your grass can't absorb the resources it needs without roots, so it begins to become weak and die, resulting in the formation of unsightly brown patches.
The brown patches may appear irregular in shape and size, as the feeding habits of grubs are not uniform across the lawn. These patches often become more noticeable during periods of stress, such as hot and dry weather, as the weakened grass struggles to withstand environmental pressures.
The presence of grubs on your lawn is usually seasonal, with peak activity occurring in the late summer.
3. There's an increased presence of animals on your lawn than you typically see.
If you notice an increased animal presence on your lawn, such as raccoons, birds, skunks, or other critters, it may be an indication that it is infested with grubs. These creatures are attracted to your lawn because grubs are a highly sought-after food source for them, so when you have an infestation, it becomes an enticing buffet for them. Therefore, if you observe more animal activity on your lawn than you typically see, it may mean that they are feeding on these root-munching pests.
Call us today to schedule our grub control service and take back your lawn!
If your lawn has fallen victim to a grub infestation, it’s time to call in our experts at Countywide Landscape! We offer curative grub control treatments to eliminate these pests and get your turf on the road to recovery. We also provide preventative applications to keep them from infesting and causing problems in the first place. These treatments are available as an add-on to our lawn care program, which includes fertilization and weed control.
We've been providing our grub control service to residential and commercial properties, as well as HOAs, in West Chester, Downingtown, Exton, and surrounding areas in Pennsylvania since 2006. Give us a call today at (610) 285-9727 to schedule so you can evict these unwanted pests and start restoring your lawn to its former glory!