Grub worms, often called white grubs or lawn grubs, are beetle larvae that feed on grassroots and other organic matter in the soil. These pests can severely damage your lawn, causing dead patches while in their larval stage. The grub worm will wreak havoc on gardens as well, destroying or severely handicapping produce as they consume plant roots. Grubs eventually turn into adult beetles “known as June bugs” and emerge from soil to mate and lay eggs. Depending on soil moisture and temperature, eggs hatch about two weeks after being laid in mid to late summer. Grubs begin feeding immediately after hatching, reaching peak feeding in early fall.

Symptoms of Grub Worm Activity

The first sign of a grub infestation in a well-watered lawn is a spongy turf. As grubs feed, lawn roots are eaten away, leaving moisture in the soil. Most Dallas area residents will notice grub damage as their lawn greens up in spring, finding irregularly shaped brown patches. Those dead patches may be due to grub feeding from the previous fall. To check for grub activity, lift a piece of your turf. If grubs are the culprit, the dead patch will roll up like a carpet, or you’ll be able to pull up the grass and see that it has no roots.  In a garden, poorly performing plants are an early sign.  In both lawns and gardens, the visualization of frequent bird or rodent feeding is usually an early clue of grub infestation.

Grub Worm Prevention
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If you suspect grub worms are in your lawn, you need an effective grub worm removal regimen that is timed appropriately for lasting results.  Partnering with a professional who understands the grub worm life cycle ensures efficacious treatment to save your lawn from the devastating effects of grub worm infestation.  Immature grubs are most susceptible to pesticides while young. For most white grub worms, this means applying pesticides while newly hatched grubs are feeding.  Feeding usually takes place in mid- to late- summer and in early fall. At Abracadabra, we use high-quality products to ensure that live grub worms in your yard are eliminated but also the grub worms in adjacent areas are prevented from moving into your lawn.  This two-prong approach is most effective for grub worm control.


Abracadabra Lawn, Weed & Pest Control is the trusted grub worm eliminator for the greater DFW area!  We continuously go above and beyond for our customers and are proud of the reputation we have earned.  Contact us today for a free quote on grub control and ask us about our other lawn treatment services, including weed control and tree and shrub maintenance, designed to keep your lawn looking beautiful year-round.

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Grub worms, or lawn worms, are the larval stage of various beetle species, such as Japanese beetles, June beetles, and European chafers. These white, C-shaped larvae feed on the roots of grass and other plants, causing damage to lawns and gardens.

Signs of grub worm infestations include irregular patches of dead, brown grass that can be easily pulled up, as the root system is damaged. You may also notice an increase in the number of birds, armadillos digging, moles, or skunks in your yard, as they feed on grubs.

It is optimal to PREVENT grub worm infestations. This is done by applying a preventive grub control in May/June time frame to keep the population under control at the larvae stage. This application prevents the eggs that the June bugs lay from growing into a population that can damage the lawn. This one application protects the lawn for an entire season. If you notice armadillos digging in the fall/winter this is a sign that you have an infestation of the mature grubs that are feeding on the roots of the grass which if left untreated can lead to dead areas in the lawn come spring. With the grubs being more mature this would require a special curative grub control application to kill these grubs and then we highly recommend the preventive application come May/June time frame to keep this from happening again.

Grub worms primarily feed on the roots of grass, but they can also damage the root systems of garden plants, flowers, and vegetables. If you suspect a grub infestation in your garden, it’s essential to take action to control and prevent further damage.

The only way to actually prevent is by applying a preventive grub control insecticide application each year during mating season (May/June time frame ideally) that keeps the population under control to a level that cannot cause damage. Grub control prevention does not mean you would never find a grub worm if digging, it just means it controls the population to a level that cannot cause damage to the turf grass. It is much more cost effective to prevent grub damage than it is to replace sod once the damage has been done. Call or email for pricing for your property.