Grub and Mole Control: What is the Best Way?
How can I get rid of those little, but disastrous moles?
The best mole control…is grub control. Destroy their food source, and those little pests tunneling through your luscious green lawn with calamitous results will tunnel themselves away to find their dinner somewhere else.
So the question then becomes: What is the best means of grub control?
The best answer, of course, is to prevent the grubs from ever invading your lawn in the first place. Grub/Mole Control from Clark’s Landscape is available with Lawn Weeding & Feeding performed by Weed & Feed Lawn Care, LLC. By eliminating the grubs or, even better, the possibility of grubs being able to even begin to infest your yard, you’ll also eliminate the likelihood of any moles ever wanting to search your grass roots for any type of food source whatsoever. Problem solved.
However, for whatever reason, you’ve not done any type of preventative measures. And now you don’t want to wait until you see the telltale signs of a mole or two or three feasting on the generosity of your lawn if there’s a way to tell beforehand whether your lawn has the grubs the moles are hunting for. Are there ways to know ahead of time? The answer is, yes, there are signs that you can watch for to determine whether or not these dreaded little pests are present.
Signs of Grub Infestation:
- Wilting turf and irregular brown patches.
- Brown patches that easily pull away from soil.
- Dig up small sections and you find white grubs in C-shaped positions.
- Feel for soft, spongy ground.
- Grass that is still green that pulls up easily with little no resistance.
- Check for holes left by other animals that also find grubs an appetizing meal.
Grubs feast on your lawn’s root system causing the grass to wilt and become brown. This is also why these brown sections are easy to pull up, and the grass feels soft and spongy underfoot. Not only do the grubs destroy your lawn in and of themselves, they are the food source that moles – and other animals such as raccoons, skunks, and birds – are looking for. Once a mole or two have moved in, they tunnel throughout your lawn going from one pocket of grubs to another. And once you have the tunnels, you’ve added another whole dimension to the original problem.
How do I get rid of the grubs?
Once you’ve dug up a small section of an area that seems to be affected, count the number of grubs within a square foot. If there’s between 5 and 10, you’ll only need to treat your lawn if the grass is obviously not healthy. However, if there are more than 10, you definitely need to treat it before the grubs themselves destroy huge sections of your lawn as well as the number of additional pests they’ll attract and the damage these creatures will cause.
Treatment for Grubs
The most common form of treatment is the application of beneficial nematodes such as Heterorhabditis bacteriophora. These are microscopic, parasitic worms that will invade the colonies of grubs and then release bacteria that will eventually kill them. Unfortunately, this is a long-term solution since it will take almost three years before the worms can completely control your grub problem. The obvious, best solution? Treat and prevent problem…before it becomes one.
- Application of beneficial nematodes.
- Call us for additional treatment possibilities.
- Prevent the infestation of grubs before it happens with our Lawn Weeding & Feeding Service.
Signs of Mole Infestation
- Volcanic-shaped piles or swellings throughout your lawn.
What is the best means of mole control?
Control the infestation of grubs.
How can I get rid of moles?
Getting Rid of Moles
Once these devious, little vermin have taken over your lawn, there are various ways to get rid of them. Some of these are:
- Get a cat.
- Sprinkle dried blood, tobacco, or another type of similar repellent.
- Scatter powdered red pepper at the entrance to their tunnels.
- Shake coffee grounds on the soil around their tunnels.
- Soak tunnels and entrances with castor oil.
- Make a type of pinwheel or other wind-powered contraption to send vibrations through the ground. Vibrations bother the moles, and they’ll leave.
- Find a way to trap them and carry them off far away.
- Kill them through the use of shovels by watching movement in the tunnels.
- Prevent them from inhabiting your yard in the first place by depriving them of their major food source.
We are more than willing to answer any questions you may have regarding grub and mole control.