Lawn Care Guide

Controlling and Preventing Lawn Grubs

Grubs — these ugly critters have caused, otherwise, pleasant people to start personal crusades against this insect. It doesn’t really make sense to get angry at grubs. But it is a good idea to make sure they don’t make a meal of your property or upend your yard care work.

Step #1: Check areas of your turf to locate the lawn grubs.

Grubs feed on the roots of your grass. In areas of extreme damage, the turf begins to brown and die, and the sod can be lifted up like a piece of carpet. To check for grubs, simply grab a handful of turf grass and tug. If grubs are there, chances are the sod will lift off.

Grub damage can go unnoticed for weeks, and even months, on turf that is watered consistently. The grubs stay out of sight under the sod and, with enough water, the turf can appear healthy. But while the damage may not appear quickly, it can completely devastate a lawn — making major lawn renovation and repair the only solution.

Step #2: Identify the type of lawn grub and stage of the cycle they’re in.

There are many varieties of grubs. June beetles (and others) start their life cycle by laying eggs in the thatch layer of your lawn. These eggs hatch out as “baby grubs” and begin eating their way through the thatch and into the soil. Grubs feed heavily through late summer and fall until cooler weather sends them deeper into the soil for winter. Come spring, they return to the surface to feed until they “pupate” (or go into a type of cocoon) which is when they change into the adult beetles and start the cycle again.

Step #3: Prevent further damage by installing lawn grub treatments.

Grubs are not a concern until there are enough of them to form a damaging population. Healthy lawns can support a wide variety of insects without suffering noticeable damage. Grubs are not “damaging” until we find at least 8 to 10 per square foot.

Spring-Green has a variety of lawn treatment services to control grubs as either a curative or a preventive treatment. What’s important is making sure that the material is active in the soil where the grubs are present, but before serious damage occurs. Applied too late (after extensive damage) and you’ll get control of the grubs, but have a lawn repair job on your hands. If you have any questions on this, contact your neighborhood Spring-Green lawn care service. We’d love to help eliminate freeloading grubs before they make a lunch of your lawn.

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Does Spring-Green require a service contract?
Yes. In order to provide optimum service and fully guarantee our work, we require a 12 month service contract.
Does Spring-Green provide free estimates?
The application price and annual package is consistent for the majority of single family homes in our service area. The guaranteed service is designed to provide eradication of pests despite the level of infestation. For these reasons, our pricing is consistent across the board.
How long will the service take?
Our 1st visit is typically longer than the subsequent visits. Spring-Green provides a thorough and complete inspection of the entire home as well as an extensive clean out of hot spots and potential infestation areas. For this reason, your first visit could last 45 mins – 2 hours. All other visits typically last 20-30 minutes.
What is the process for quarterly service?
The time between visits is approximately 90 days.
Do I have to be home for the treatments?
We do require you to be home for inside visits. You do not have to be present for any visits limited to the exterior of your home. We ask that any locked gates be left open and all outdoor pets moved inside during exterior visits.
Is it necessary to leave my home during the service? If so, for how long?
You are not required to leave the home unless certain medical conditions exist. We ask that anyone on oxygen or chronically asthmatic should remove themselves from the home long enough for the treatment to settle. We simply ask that you avoid treated areas during the time of service and up to 15 minutes after the treatment is completed.
Will the stuff harm my children or pets?
Our products are used in accordance with label recommendations, and pose a minimal risk to people and pets.
Do I get any discounts for prepaying?
We extend a $15 discount when you prepay for a full year of service.
How long has Spring-Green worked in my local area?
Founded in Naperville, Illinois, in 1977, Spring-Green is a neighborhood-based service company. We take pride in serving our community. At home, at work, and at play, Spring-Green services affect people’s lives in a positive way.
What is included in the Total Home Pest Control Program?
The Pest Control Professional will first perform a thorough interior inspection which includes baseboards, carpet, window sills, window treatments, entry ways, ceilings, corners, crown molding, sinks, under sinks, pantries, between appliances, closets, basement walls, crawl space walls. This comprehensive inspection is designed to identify specific pest problems, and eliminate established invaders. Spring-Green will clean out hot spots and establish internal and external barriers. Products will be rotated throughout the year to prevent resistance.

The second visit involves collecting data from your initial treatment, re-establishing a strong barrier, and disrupting pest life cycles.

The third and fourth visits are designed to strengthen the barrier. This is especially important when the weather begins to cool and remains cold, as invaders search for food, water, warmth, and shelter.
What certifications do Spring-Green pest control technicians have?
Spring-Green takes certification seriously and we make sure our Pest Control Professionals are properly trained and receive annual certification based on state regulations. All of our Team Members are required to complete an internal certification through Spring-Green University, our proprietary online Learning Management System.
What is Spring-Green's guarantee?
At Spring-Green, meeting your expectations is our number one goal.

As a Spring-Green Total Home Pest Control customer, we guarantee your reasonable satisfaction with our pest control services. Due to the habits and life cycles of certain insects, no service or treatment can expect to achieve 100% control of all target pests at all times. As such, there may be times when pests are present days or weeks after a service visit.

In the event that you are not satisfied with the services provided by your Spring-Green technician, please notify us by phone or email within 90 days after your service is performed and we will return to your home to diagnose the problem and re-treat as is necessary. Due to the habits and life cycles of certain insects, no service or treatment can expect to achieve 100% control of all target pests at all times. As such, there may be times when pests are present days or weeks after a service visit. We will continue to work with you until you are satisfied. If we are unable to meet your expectations, we may refund or credit the cost of the services. For one time applications we guarantee the results for up to 30 days.
What's the guarantee if I don’t take the full program?
We offer a limited guarantee on anything less than our full program. We’ll correct any problem, related to our originally scheduled visit, at no extra charge if notified within 14 days of that visit. However, if you take advantage of our full program, there is no 14-day limit with our guarantee.
How and when do I pay?
You can prepay for the entire program up front, and receive a $15 discount. If you don’t prepay, we’ll give you an invoice at the time of service. If you are not home, we’ll leave the invoice at your door for you to mail in a payment or pay online.
What happens if I see bugs in my home in between visits?
If you notice persistent pests between service visits, call us; service calls are FREE. We’ll come back to diagnose the problem and re-treat as is necessary, at no additional charge.