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White grubs in soil
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paynts    Posted 07-13-2003 at 04:53:42       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yesterday I was out moving some dirt away from the horse barn when I found quite a collection of grubs in the soil.
They are about an inch and a half long with dark red heads-they have yellowish legs at the eating end of them and are fat as ticks.
2 questions-any idea of what type of bugs these are? And-what can I treat the dirt with to prevent them?
I pulled about a hundred of them out of the 4 foot by about 15 foot area..apparently they really enjoy the soft dirt and shavings from the horse stalls.
Any info would be appreciated..I do have to be careful of what I use as the horses are right there.

Randy    Posted 07-13-2003 at 13:39:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Granular grub killer applied with a fertilizer spreader should help. Before a rain or water it in. Keep kids and pets off it for a bit if you can.
I think beneficial nematodes also works but takes longer.

grouch    Posted 07-13-2003 at 08:23:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
Looks like you've found a site for identification. Interesting site!

You could bring in some armadillos. They'd clean 'em up in no time. Of course your yard would have holes all over.

I reckon that's why we don't see as many June bugs nowadays. The armadillos are digging 'em out. Used to be fun to tie a thread to a June bug leg and let him fly in circles!

paynts    Posted 07-13-2003 at 13:55:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I would bring in an armadillo but all I find are dead ones..

grouch    Posted 07-13-2003 at 14:26:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Those are the good kind!

They're dumber than a possum when it comes to crossing a road. I guess both need to take lessons from the chicken. :^)

Charles(Mo)    Posted 07-13-2003 at 05:55:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
Go to this site.

By the way. Grubs do have legs. They are great bait for fish.


Salmoneye    Posted 07-13-2003 at 06:14:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
I stand corrected...

The 'grubs' we use here for ice fishing do not have legs though...They look more like a large meal worm...

Salmoneye    Posted 07-13-2003 at 05:19:18       [Reply]  [No Email]
You sure they aren't termites?

Grubs don't have legs...

paynts    Posted 07-13-2003 at 05:26:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
OK terminology may be incorrect but I have never seen quarter pound termites. Guess more accurate term may be "larval stage somethings"

paynts    Posted 07-13-2003 at 05:34:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I'll be a monkeys uncle..think I found them. Seems now I have to go get one-uncurl him and look at his fuzzy end parts with a magnifying glass to see what kind of grub I've got. If you look at the link you will see what I mean.
Friend sent me this link-very informative.
OK sorry about that-but anyone with any info on eradication-please chime in.

TimV    Posted 07-13-2003 at 09:27:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Local hardware store sells grub killer by the 25-lb bag. Sprinkle it on and it kills the grubs. Gotta get some for my grandmother--she's got a section of lawn that's infested, and they've killed all the grass in that one area.

paynts    Posted 07-13-2003 at 13:50:44       [Reply]  [No Email]
Thanks Tim-will get some. After following the directions from that link I posted-discovered they are June bugs. Not as worried now. Not like I have lawn out at the barn.

paynts    Posted 07-13-2003 at 05:36:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
DUH...the link

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