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Turfgrass and Insects

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Black turfgrass ataenius

Early damage from black turfgrass ataenius grubs appears as a wilted spot in the turf. Heavy infestations will kill the turf in irregular patches. Grubs (1/4 inch in length) primarily feed on the roots of annual bluegrass, Kentucky bluegrass and bentgrass. Black turfgrass ataenius has two generations per year (May and August). Applications can be made in April or May to control overwintering, egg-laying adults.


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