I am having a Skunk problem. Delta Guard and Cyfluthrin was suggested to help get rid of them. Will treating the lawn for Grubs work at this time of year?
Any info would be appreciated
As explained in our skunk control article, skunks commonly forage on turf (lawns) that harbor insects. Grubs are one such insect; skunks love grubs! By reducing and/or eliminating the local grub population and doing some grub control, you can many times get rid of the unwanted digging and skunk activity. Since grubs are active all year, treating now is strongly suggested. But before you do, check your soil PH.
Soil PH is critical to soil health. As our soil ph control article explains, many times the PH gets out of whack which will lead to lawn fungus, grass that doesn’t grow well, weed growth and insect infestations. Grubs love soil that’s got a bad PH. If you don’t have a ph testing probe, get one and make sure it’s Ok.
Once you know the soil is Ok PH wise, start treating with the Delta Guard Granules or Merit Granules. Cyfluthrin is Ok but not as strong as the Deltaguard or Merit. And if you prefer to go organic, use the ECO Granules which are featured on our NON TOXIC PEST CONTROL site. These won’t last as long as the Deltaguard so use them monthly till the grubs are gone.
At this point, I’d say to start with the Deltaguard and then change to the Merit next spring. I would recommend an application now, at the start of October, and then another application at the start of December. I also suggest spraying over the top of the Deltaguard with the Cyonara RTS. This combination now should knock the grubs down a lot and could very well chase the skunks off. Since the Cyonara and Delta Guard both taste bad, the treatment alone can many times make the skunks move away because they don’t like it. The organic alternative for the Cyonara is the Grub Killer RTS; as an organic option it won’t last nearly as long but it will get a quick kill which is what you need done.