White Grub (Beetle Larvae)


Actual Size: ½” to 1” long

Characteristics: C-shaped with a creamy white color

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: No

Habitat: Turfgrass


  1. Feed on plant roots and organic matter below the surface
  2. Take 1-2 years to complete their life cycle
  3. Leave irregular spots of weakened or dying grass

White Grubs in Lubbock TX

White grubs are some of the most annoying pests to have to deal with in Lubbock TX. Although most species aren’t the crop-destroying nuisances that we think of them as, there are a few subspecies that tear apart our turfgrass and other cultivated plants. White grubs in Lubbock TX are tiny, white, C-shaped insects that are actually the larval stage of Junebugs. The more destructive larvae spend their time under the soil and cause the most damage during the mid-summer and early fall.

White Grub Habitat

Unfortunately, you will often be able to find white grubs wherever you find healthy soil under turfgrass around Lubbock TX. White grubs typically a few inches deep into the soil underneath turfgrass. They eat away at the root systems of grass fields from underneath, causing a withering appearance at the surface and preventing grass from absorbing water and sustaining itself through summer. You might also be able to recognize their presence under your lawn by finding small mounds of soil popping up along the surface.

White Grub, Threats, & Dangers

White grubs do not bite humans or transmit any diseases—in fact, you probably won’t even see them when they’re in their most destructive larval form unless you go looking for them. However, they are infamous for causing property damage by way of ruining our turfgrass lawns. Golf courses, properties with large lawns, and homeowners with dense gardens in particular are susceptible to white grubs causing them a big financial hit. If you have noticed signs of white grubs in your lawn like small concentrated dirt mounds or inconsistent withering patches, reach out to your local pest control company for an exhaustive lawn inspection service.

If you are dealing with a white grub issue on your property, contact your local pest control experts.