April 24, 2024

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  1. Government Officials employed by Ministries, Colleges, and Universities have often been LESS-THAN-COMPETENT concerning White Grubs.  According to these LESS-THAN-COMPETENT Government Officials  ―  A combination of nematodes and good lawn management seems the best way to battle White Grubs.   [ ?!?! ]   AND   Drought weakens grass and renders it more susceptible to serious damage from White Grubs.   [ ?!?! ]   AND   Heavy snow cover during the previous winter means the ground stayed relatively warm, and, consequently, more grubs survived, resulting in more injury to turf.   [ ?!?! ]   AND   Setting your lawn mower at three inches also helps reduce European Chafers that prefer to lay their eggs in short grass.   [ ?!?! ]   AND   Watering a lawn thoroughly once a week promotes root growth that sustains grass during attacks.   [ ?!?! ]   AND   White Grubs require a combination of ecological conditions.   [ ?!?! ]   AND   White Grub outbreaks tend to be sporadic.   [ ?!?! ]  These statements are TOTAL NONSENSE.  History has shown that there will be NO abatement of the European Chafer.  Practical field experience has also shown that there will be NO control of the European Chafer without conventional pest control products.  BOGUS ADVICE ABOUT MOWING HEIGHT  ―  Increasing the mowing height of turf will « suppress » White Grub  larvae.    [ ?!?!? ]   Mowing higher will « suppress » White Grub larvae since the beetle-adults prefer laying their eggs in short grass.   [ ?!?!? ]   A two-inch mowing height ( 5 centimetres ) is the absolute minimum to maintain healthy Kentucky bluegrass turf, but three-inches ( 8 centimetres ) is best.  COMMENTARY  ―  Admittedly, the practice of increasing the mowing height will improve turf health, allowing it to be more resilient and better tolerate pest invasion.  But increasing the mowing height WILL NOT get rid of White Grub larvae, nor will it discourage them from targeting a home lawn or a golf fairway.  This practice is INEFFECTIVE for controlling White Grub larvae.  BOGUS ADVICE ABOUT IRRIGATION  ―  In general, turf is damaged by White Grub larvae by creating the equivalent of a water shortage.  This is because White Grub larvae inflict damage by chewing turfgrass roots.  The practice of deep and frequent soaking of the root-zone may help reduce the effects of root-eating White Grubs.   [ ?!?!? ]   COMMENTARY  ―  The adjustment of irrigation practices WILL NOT get rid of White Grub larvae.  This practice is INEFFECTIVE.  MORE BOGUS ADVICE  ―  Untimely and « excessive » irrigation may tend to attract the beetle-adult form of White Grubs.   [ ?!?!? ]   COMMENTARY  ―  It is a myth that irrigation attracts beetles, but it is true that totally desolate soil conditions will not favour White Grub development.  Adjusting irrigation practices WILL NOT get rid of White Grub larvae.  This practice is INEFFECTIVE for controlling White Grub larvae.  WILLIAM H. GATHERCOLE AND NORAH G   https://pesticidetruths.com/   http://wp.me/P1jq40-2rr  

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