July 29, 1992

Annual White Grub Control Time Coming Right Up

The white grubs that routinely damage lawns and turfgrass in Iowa are the annual white grubs. These grubs take just one year to complete each life cycle of egg - larva - pupa - adult. The adult beetles of our annual white grubs are called masked chafers. They are slightly smaller than Junebugs and tan or straw brown in color. As the name implies, they have a black stripe across the eyes and face. The masked chafers have been flying and laying eggs for most of the month of July. Like other things, they were about one week behind normal in their emergence and activity this year.