Saturday, March 20, 2010

Environmentally Safe Lawn Grub Control - Milky Spore

GRUBS - Japanese Beetle Larvae
Milky Spore. It is not a chemical but rather a fungus. It is a 1 time application using only 1 teaspoon every 4 feet in a checker board pattern on your lawn, or use the Lawn and Garden Dispenser ( see video on profile )
June or July is the best time to apply it but you can apply this product anytime the ground is not frozen. The grubs when they become active then ingest it and the spores multiply within the grubs which dies 14 to 21 days later. The natural bacteria eats the grub from inside. Milky Spore is not harmful to man, animals or the environment and it is safe to use around waterways. Milky Spore also does NOT affect beneficial insects or earthworms any way or form.

It should be applied just before it rains or applied then watered in gently for about 15 minutes. 10 ounces of product covers about 2500 square feet when applied at recommended rate. 40 ounces covers 10 000 square feet.

Live grubs must be present in the soil in order to spread the milky disease. The more numerous the grubs; the faster the Milky Spore is established. After Milky Spore has built up in the lawn, infected beetle larvae will die and decay releasing billions of new spores into the soil. The process will continue on its own year after year. Once the soil is saturated with spores and the grubs are destroyed, Milky Spore will remain dormant and viable ready to work again should the grubs appear.

Children and pets do not needs to be kept off lawns after application. It will not affect humans or pets.

Milky Spore cannot be mixed in water and sprayed. IT MUST be applied in its original dry state. Lawn fertilizer does not affect Milky Spore.

Cut your lawn BEFORE NOT AFTER applying Milky Spore.

If your neighbour doesn't treat their yard it doesn't matter; Grubs won't eat YOUR YARD

Milky Spore is safe for use in vegetable gardens; also good in flower beds.

Freezing and heavy rain doesn not affect Milky Spore

Milky Spore begins working upon application wherever grubs are feeding. Warm climates can achieve complete control in 1 to 3 years. Cold climates ( Canada + border states ) 3 to 5 years.

Milky Spore can be kept in a box over the winter if kept in a dry place out of the sun.

The Milky Spore easy to use dispenser tube costs $8

Adult JAPANESE BEETLES pupate in the July time frame and feed on the flowers and leaves of over 300 kinds of shrubs and garden plants. They are metallic green with coppery wing covers. During this adult stage the beetles also mate and the females lay eggs in the soil in late July or early August. The eggs hatch soon after and this larval ( grub ) stage is what feeds on the roots of grass and other plants. As the weather gets cooler and winter approaches; the grubs go deeper into the soil and feeding declines as they overwinter.
In this August time frame when the grubs are close to the surface and actively feeding is when they are vulnerable to Milky Spore. This is why July is the best time to apply so you don't miss this time frame.
Residual spores in the soil are swallowed by grubs on their normal pattern of feeding on roots. Within 7 to 21 days the grubs will then die and as they decompose, billions of new spores are released into the soil.

You can purchase this product from
St Gabriel Organics
14044 Litchfield Drive
Orange, VA 22960

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