Grubs!

veggie_girlAugust 11, 2014

My plants are all outside for the summer. This weekend, I pulled a weed from one of the pots and up came a grub with it. I repotted the tree and found more in there as well. Luckily, I think I caught it in time before it killed the tree.

So now I'm worried about all my other potted trees/plants, and I have LOTS of them, as I know we all do, and do not want to lose any to grubs. Should I pull them all out of the soil and give them a check or is there something else I can do?

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houstontexas123(z9a)

quickest and easiest way is to use a liquid pesticide.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 3:47PM
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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Where do you live?
Any chance of an image f the "grub?"

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 4:09PM
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molewacker z9b Napa CA (No.SFBay)(9b Danville E(SF)Bay CA)

Option 1) pull and pick them out (you have a decent chance of getting most of them) - feed them to the birds... they love them!
Option 2) Apply Imidacloprid. there is a variety of products out there - check the labels.
I use multiple products and the amount depends on if the plant is fruiting/bearing, blooming or just pushing new leaves. I have even had success with Bayer Grub control for lawns. Caution though, this stuff has N so i do NOT recommend it for potted plants.

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 6:20PM
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veggie_girl

I live in the Ozarks. The link below has what they look like. Is there anything organic I can add to the pots? Otherwise, I guess I will pull them all out and inspect them and repot in new soil if found.

Here is a link that might be useful: Grub image

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 8:56PM
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BarbJP CA 15-16/9B

The only organic solution I can think of would be beneficial nematodes. I think they work on soil grubs, but I'm not positive. You can buy them. But I don't know if they work in pots. Usually they're used in the ground.

They usually invade lawns, not very common in pots I think, but obviously it can happen.

Here's an article about them in your neck of the woods, hope it helps.

Here is a link that might be useful: white grubs, Kentucky

    Bookmark   August 11, 2014 at 9:29PM
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