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Will Grub Control Treatments Get Rid of Moles?

When it comes to pests that can destroy your lawn, both grubs and moles can be a major source of frustration. And sometimes a grub problem and a mole problem can go hand-in-hand. That’s because grubs are a food source for moles. 

So, if your lawn has an issue with grubs, it could also have a problem with moles.

That being said, people often want to know will killing grubs get rid of moles? 

In this article, we’ll dive into why grub control is incredibly important for your Louisville lawn…but why it is not enough by itself to deal with a mole problem. 

What are Grubs?

Grubs are a common lawn pest here in Louisville. 

“Grub” is the collective name for several species of beetles in the larval stage, including the destructive Japanese beetle. A grub is a tiny c-shaped creature that has the power to do a lot of damage to your lawn. Grubs have white/gray bodies and can be as large as two inches. They’d be noticeable if they weren’t buried in your lawn, feeding on grassroots at the sub-surface level.

Grubs can destroy a lawn by feeding on its roots. 

While a couple of grubs are not a big deal, what is concerning is how quickly a large number of grubs can lead to bare patches. 


Another problem with grubs is that they are a common food source for moles. That means that if your yard is full of grubs, it might potentially also attract moles. Moles cause damage to a lawn by tunneling their way through it to feed. This can leave your lawn “dug up” by these pesky creatures.

Moles typically leave behind volcano-shaped mounds of soil after they do their digging.  While you’ll only see this surface damage, this could mean that there are tunnels running beneath your lawn. During the winter it can be hard to spot mole damage if it’s hidden by the snow.

Because these problems can be linked, people commonly ask us about grub treatment for moles. But we’ll explain why grub control alone is likely not enough to deal with a mole problem. 

Will Killing Grubs Get Rid of Moles?

Unfortunately, killing grubs is not going to be enough to address a mole problem. The main reason for this is that you’re only eliminating ONE of their food sources.

While it’s true that moles like grubs, they also eat snails, spiders, and earthworms. 

It’s possible that preventing a grub problem in your lawn could be a proactive step to keep moles out in the first place. Grub control can certainly reduce the pest pressure of moles by removing a key food source

Keep in mind that even if your lawn doesn’t have a mole problem, it’s possible that your neighbor could be experiencing one. You certainly want to do what you can in being proactive about keeping those moles out of your yard and grub control is one potential step.

However, if you’ve discovered that you have an existing mole problem, grub killer for moles is not the answer. Most experts would advise trapping a mole is the best way to get rid of it. But this is something that can be addressed by a mole control expert.

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It’s always helpful to keep a watchful eye on your property in search of signs of trouble. This is a key benefit of having a lawn care professional on your property regularly. They will also be on the lookout for problems. 

Any time there is a problem, you want to address it as quickly as possible.

Don’t Give Up on Grub Control

There is no question that grub control is still an incredibly important step in your lawn care plan that should not be ignored. Even though getting rid of grubs won’t entirely solve a mole problem, it should still be done for the health of your lawn. 

Grubs can be highly destructive and cause thousands of dollars of damage if given the chance to eat your lawn. Lawns that have been severely damaged by grub control may require reseeding to restore those areas where the lawn has died. Some homeowners even prefer to take the “instant lawn” route, and exploring sodding.

That’s why we recommend preventative grub control.

Preventative grub control products work by addressing young grubs as they hatch. This is important so that grubs never get a chance to feast on your lawn.

Preventative grub control lasts all season but the application timing is important.

Obviously, these products need to be applied prior to hatching in order to be effective. the product will not be effective on older grubs and you will need to switch to a curative product. 

If you aren’t using preventative grub control and notice a problem, you’ll want to make sure you talk to your lawn care provider about using a curative treatment. 


Choosing a Louisville Lawn Care Company that has Your Back

At Limbwalker, we want you to know that we are always here to help.

As we’ve mentioned, we recommend preventative grub control treatment as a proactive step in protecting your lawn. Our Gold and Platinum programs include free grub control. Gold is our most popular program and a big part of that is the grub control and lawn fungus control treatments that are included.

While we do not provide mole control, we are here to always help guide you through problems. We truly care about keeping your lawn in the best possible shape and can always offer recommendations and answer your questions.

We’ll also always alert you if we notice a problem going on in your lawn. At the end of the day, we believe you deserve peace of mind knowing that your lawn is in good hands.

While pests like moles and grubs can be a source of frustration, by acting quickly and making good decisions, you can preserve your lawn’s good health.


Are you ready to have a thick and healthy lawn that is protected from grubs at your Louisville, KY home? Get in touch with us to get a quote for our lawn care programs, which include three lawn care pricing options.

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Chris O'Bryan

Chris O'Bryan

Chris grew up in Louisville, KY. He holds a Forestry degree from the The University of Kentucky and a Master's Degree in Economics from Clemson University. He is a Certified Arborist and 5-time Kentucky Tree Climbing Champion. When not at work, he has fun with his family, enjoys traveling, one-wheeling, and working in his yard.

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