Poisoning grubs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by WTxMatt, May 19, 2019.

  1. WTxMatt

    WTxMatt Hatching

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    Hello! New member here and new backyard chicken dad.

    I had a question pertaining to grubs. I don’t use chemicals in my yard for obvious reasons. However, I really have to do something about my grubs. I’ve been told that laundry detergent is a great way to kill grubs and fertilize the yard due to the sulfur and phosphate (I think).

    Would this be dangerous for chickens that routinely eat the grass and grubs? I usually err on the side of caution but I really need to treat the yard.
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

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  3. Kathy Golla

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    Are the grubs in your lawn or planting beds? I haven’t found a good way to get rid of them in the lawn.
     
  4. WTxMatt

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    They are mostly in the lawn.
     
  5. WTxMatt

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  6. ChickenCanoe

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    Not these. There are thousands of species of nematodes. Predatory nematodes don't damage a garden, they damage their target pest.
    There are predatory nematodes that specifically target all sorts of bugs.
    There's one specifically for ants, another specifically for small hive beetles.
     
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  7. SurferchickinSB

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    Don’t your chickens eat all the grubs?
     
  8. WTxMatt

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    Ha! I didn’t know that. Thank you, I’ll look into it! Great idea
     
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  10. Shadrach

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    Hello WTxMatt.
    Welcome to BYC.
    Why may I ask are you trying to kill the grubs? Don't your chickens eat them?
     
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