Are Animals Digging For Grubs In Your Yard?
If you are one of the unlucky homeowners that woke up to find animals were digging up your lawn this spring you are not alone. Every spring thousands of homeowners face this exact same problem. Raccoon’s, skunks, birds and other animals will dig into your lawn if they know you have grubs and unfortunately they do not have any table manners so your lawn will be left looking like this (see image below):Do I Need Grub Control?
If you see that your lawn has been dug up by animals then you do need to get grub control, HOWEVER THIS WILL NOT STOP ANIMALS FROM DIGGING! Unfortunately, these animals will eat the grubs whether they are dead or alive so trying to control the grubs will not help in this regard. The reason you want to control grubs is because when the grubs begin to feed on the lawn they can kill your entire lawn and you will surely be left with a very expensive repair job after.
How Can I Deter The Animals From Digging?
While you are waiting for the right season to control grubs, you are still faced with the challenge of stopping the animals from digging in the yard. While there is no guaranteed solution for this, here are some methods you can try:
- Cayenne Pepper: most animals that dig in your lawn have very sensitive noses so one home remedy is to apply cayenne pepper to the damaged areas. One sniff of this send them running over to your neighbors lawn.
- Soapy Water: even though animals don’t have good table manners they do have half decent taste buds and apparently soapy water IS NOT their sauce of choice. Mixing some dish soap with water and applying it to the damaged area should offer a short term solution to the animals feeding in your yard.
When Is The Best Time To Treat For Grubs?
In most areas of North America the best time to treat for grubs is in June because that is when grubs start to feed on the lawn. The way the product works is that when it is applied to the lawn it gets taken up by the grass and it works when the grubs feed on the grass. Traditional grub control products such as Merit will last the rest of the year if applied in June. If you are living in an area such as Ontario, Canada where the only product available is nematodes then you should apply them in late August/early September when the grubs go for their second cycle of feeding.
Repairing The Damage Left By Grubs And Animals Digging:
The best way to repair the damage is to over-seed the lawn. This can be done with aeration or by applying top soil to the dug up spots, leveling it nicely, and applying grass seed over top. For more on seeding feel free to read our over-seeding blog: https://www.doctorgreen.com/lawn-care/seeding-tips/