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While fungus and other lawn diseases can seriously harm your lawn, the most catastrophic damage is often caused by the larvae and grubs of common insects. These pests hatch within your lawn’s soil before feasting on the grass root, killing the lawn. Another unwanted effect of their presence is that wildlife including badgers and foxes will start to dig up your lawn looking for fat, tasty grubs to munch.


How can I tell if I need a lawn insecticide treatment?

If your lawn has a chafer grub infestation, you’ll quickly spot the grubs just a few inches into the soil. Leatherjackets are a little trickier to spot because by the time the grubs are visible in your lawn, it might be too late to treat, since they need catching at the early stages of maturity. However, it is possible to see crane flies hovering above your lawn in the evenings. Crane flies are the adult stage of leatherjackets, so if they’re lingering over your lawn, it’s a likely sign they are laying eggs.

Insect infestations are more common than you might think and can be difficult to treat if you don’t know how.

Controlling leatherjackets and chafer grubs  in your lawn has been made easier thanks to an insecticide approved for use on personal outdoor spaces, such as private lawns – but only by professionals, such as your local Greensleeves lawn care expert.

Combine insecticide and spiking treatments to save money!

For chafer grub infestations, June/July is the best time to apply the treatment; for leatherjacket infestations, it’s September/October. 

Save money when you book an insecticide and spiking treatment together.  A spiking treatment will maximise the effectiveness and the efficiency of the insecticide – and also provides your lawn with a host of other benefits, which you can find out about here.

To find your local Greensleeves expert, and to book a treatment, click here.

Here are a few points to consider before you book an insecticide treatment with your local Greensleeves lawn care expert:

  • Greensleeves recommends mowing your lawn ahead of the treatment being applied
  • If possible, delay mowing until after it rains allowing the treatment to work through the lawn layers
  • Water your lawn after treatment if no rain is imminent 
  • Safety for animals: tests have shown it is not harmful to animals
  • Safety for humans: tests have shown it is not harmful to humans
  • Book insecticide and spiking treatments together and you can save money!


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