Question Grubs

Brassier

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So while watching another channel (epic gardening) he mentioned getting rid of the grubs. It took me a moment to determine what he was talking about but I remember seeing grubs like that in my sisters garden bed, I wasn't sure what they were last summer and she didn't know when I asked her either.

The question is what is the best way to remove those grubs and dispose of them? I was tossing them into the street when I found them before but I had seen reference to chemical methods and spiked shoes. Could we collect the grubs we find and feed them to my sisters chickens?
 

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I am in Oregon on the west coast of the United States if that helps with the question.
 

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So while watching another channel (epic gardening) he mentioned getting rid of the grubs. It took me a moment to determine what he was talking about but I remember seeing grubs like that in my sisters garden bed, I wasn't sure what they were last summer and she didn't know when I asked her either.

The question is what is the best way to remove those grubs and dispose of them? I was tossing them into the street when I found them before but I had seen reference to chemical methods and spiked shoes. Could we collect the grubs we find and feed them to my sisters chickens?
What kind of grubs are they Brassier? Chickens don't always eat every grub that there is :( but a lot of birds will! If possible, stay away from chemicals, they will affect what you grow and if you are eating what you grow, you don't want chemicals in your food! Spiked shoes? Sounds a bit drastic for grubs??
 
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Brassier

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What kind of grubs are they Brassier? Chickens don't always eat every grub that there is :( but a lot of birds will! If possible, stay away from chemicals, they will affect what you grow and if you are eating what you grow, you don't want chemicals in your food! Spiked shoes? Sounds a bit drastic for grubs??
From what I was looking up online it looks like they were white grubs which I believe are the larval form of beetles and weevils and will feed on the roots of the plants. I had assumed chickens would eat anything but I suppose it makes sense that they wouldn't lol. I agree that the spiked shoes seem extreme but they do aerate the soil and kill likely harmful bugs so i can see the reasoning.
 

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From what I was looking up online it looks like they were white grubs which I believe are the larval form of beetles and weevils and will feed on the roots of the plants. I had assumed chickens would eat anything but I suppose it makes sense that they wouldn't lol. I agree that the spiked shoes seem extreme but they do aerate the soil and kill likely harmful bugs so i can see the reasoning.
Curl Grubs? white grubs curled up into a c shape? We have those here, they are a favourite treat of our chickens, it does take a little bit for them to get used to what it is but when they do, stand back!! 'IF' that is what they are, I treat plants that are affected by them with a dose of molasses in the water, it apparently kills of the grubs. I can tell that a plant or tree is affected because they start to look like they have not been watered in a long time and when you do water them, it has no affect, that's when I drench them with molasses water, usually they perk right back up within a few days. I know that killing the grubs seems a waste but you can't dig up every affected plant because it would just kill the plants!! Sometimes when I go to plant something in the ground I'll find a curl grub and that is when I dig a nice wide circle around and usually end up with a feast for the girls. Curl grubs like some moisture in the soil but not too much so if you are getting regular rain or if you water regularly they are more likely to flourish. That is IF it is curl grubs o_O
 
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Curl Grubs? white grubs curled up into a c shape? We have those here, they are a favourite treat of our chickens, it does take a little bit for them to get used to what it is but when they do, stand back!! 'IF' that is what they are, I treat plants that are affected by them with a dose of molasses in the water, it apparently kills of the grubs. I can tell that a plant or tree is affected because they start to look like they have not been watered in a long time and when you do water them, it has no affect, that's when I drench them with molasses water, usually they perk right back up within a few days. I know that killing the grubs seems a waste but you can't dig up every affected plant because it would just kill the plants!! Sometimes when I go to plant something in the ground I'll find a curl grub and that is when I dig a nice wide circle around and usually end up with a feast for the girls. Curl grubs like some moisture in the soil but not too much so if you are getting regular rain or if you water regularly they are more likely to flourish. That is IF it is curl grubs o_O
I will have to look up more about curl grubs to see if that is the correct thing. Thanks for the idea of the molasses water.