My Garden Wants to Know/ Getting Rid of Grub Worms Without Pesticides?

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My Garden Wants to Know ... Getting Rid of Grub Worms Without Pesticides???


This week I was busy weeding my peony and lilly garden and was finding a lot of those grubby Grub worms.


My Garden Wants to Know.


I hate to use pesticides for our three dogs play in our back yard all of the time.  I also hate to use pesticides for it is harmful to the birds that frequent and enjoy our yard.

I visited a gardening center and asked some questions about this grubby Grub worm.

First the Grub worm is the larvae of the beetles or what we call June bugs.  Those bugs with the really hard shell covering.

                                                                                  Grub Worms

Grub worms feed on plant roots and can really place a garden at risk.

I asked this master gardener if there were ways to remove grub worms using a natural approach.  I told him that I had been picking them out of the soil and putting them in the bird feeders. 


Here is the information that he shared.

·       Plant several plants in your gardens that deter beetles from visiting and laying their eggs in the soil.  The plants that he recommended were… snapdragons, lilies, nasturtiums, bleeding heart, carnations and lilacs.

·       Hang a bird feeder near the garden to attract birds.  The birds will eat the beetles and grubs as they emerge from the soil.

·       Apply milky spore to the garden soil.  The spores seek out Grubs and infect them causing the Grubs to die out.  He reminded me that applications must be consistent and will take at least 3 years to kill off all Grubs.

·       Add parasitic nematodes to the garden soil.  These are small worms that infect and kill Grubs.


After much consideration I have decided to start with the plants that deter beetles as well as place a bird feeder by the garden where I was finding the grubby Grub worms.


It is amazing the things I learn when I visit a garden center.


Judith Parker, CRS, GRI

ProStead Realty


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Comments (16)

Mary Yonkers
Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate - Erie, PA
Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor

Judith, thanks for the organic tips.  I would love more flowers as would the birds.  I have problem with moles. When I started reading your post I thought 'great' a solution.  Then I realized that moles are not grubs so I will have to visit the garden store for solution.  I live near stream and don't want to pollute it.


Apr 23, 2013 10:00 AM
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Mary, you may have a lot of grub worms for he asked me if I had a lot of moles for they come in to feed off of the grub worms.  Maybe if you get rid of the grub worms you would get rid of the moles.  Just a thought.  Have a great eve!!

Apr 23, 2013 10:06 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living
Judith! :-) I would opt for the plants and the bird feeders as well. Not sure about the nematode s, I heard they are not good for your plants neither!
Apr 23, 2013 10:07 AM
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Silvia, i agree with you.  Not big on adding more worms to get rid of worms.  More plants and bird feeders will have to do.  Thanks for stopping by and enjoy your evening.

Apr 23, 2013 10:12 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Next door neighbor has some bird feeders next to my wood cedar fence. Something to be grateful for that I did not even realize. Thank you for the lesson on one aspect of organic gardening...'getting rid of grubs.'

Apr 23, 2013 10:19 AM
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Jane, that is wonderful and would enjoy those neighbors birds as they enjoy the feeders and any emerging beetles and worms.  Have a nice eve!!

Apr 23, 2013 10:22 AM
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730
Judi, we get those grubs too. Guess what moles like to eat? Grubs, but they also tear up your lawn and eat your flower bulbs.
Apr 23, 2013 11:43 AM
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Debbie, grubs or moles.  What a problem these critters cause.  Thanks for commenting and enjoy your eve!!

Apr 23, 2013 12:10 PM
Jon Kolsky
Kolsky Realty & Management - Long Beach, CA
Licensed California Real Estate Broker

Judith~ I always like having helpful tips that are friendly to the earth, and this blog post is no exception, thank you, I love it! 

Apr 24, 2013 03:09 AM
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Jon, glad you enjoyed and I prefer earth friendly ways to deal with the grub worms.  Have a nice eve!!

Apr 24, 2013 11:18 AM
Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
Colorado Living!
Judith, I'm with you. I hate worms. I have to be very careful with toxins because mr rocky has his nose in everything. Thanks for the great tips.
Apr 24, 2013 12:22 PM
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Belinda, definitely be carreful with Rocky.  I have to be careful as well for don't want any harmful toxins around our furbabies.  Have a great eve!!

Apr 24, 2013 12:26 PM
Deborah Byron Leffler BzyBee Real Estate Lady!
Keller Williams Realty Boise - Nampa, ID

What great advice.....I always for get that they have the best solutions ....especially chemical free ones!!!  Now  your lawn can look pretty as well as be grub free!!!

Apr 24, 2013 12:51 PM
Judith Parker
ProStead Realty - Charlotte, NC
CRS, GRI, CMRS, Charlotte, NC

Hi Deborah, as I was weeding I was picking those grubs out of the soil and depositing them in the bird feeders.  There were some happy birds that eve.  I need to get another feeder for that garden.  Have a great eve!

Apr 24, 2013 01:10 PM
Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP
Selling Homes Changing Lives

Hi Judith,

Grubs are a problem and they can quickly destroy your lawn and/or garden. I don't use chemicals. Whenever I see a brown patch I start digging and find several grubs. I just dig them out of the ground and fling them into the trash can or squash them on the sidewalk first before throwing them away.

Apr 24, 2013 09:29 PM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Good gardening ideas.  We are hoping that the squirrels do not dig up the flower bulbs we just planted.

Apr 25, 2013 09:31 PM