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Effective Granular Application for Natural Biological Grub Control Target the Pest, Not the Rest.

grubGONE!® is the first Bacillus thuringiensis galleriae (Btg) bio-insecticide to control turf grubs at a level of efficacy equivalent to chemical standards but without the side effects or off-target damage to beneficial insects, such as pollinators.

  • grubGONE! is a preventative but also a curative; it can be applied in the fall and early spring, unlike Acelepryn, which is ineffective after the third instar stage of the grub.
  • The price of grubGONE! has just dropped 20%, making application of an effective, organic grub control the same price as applying the synthetic Acelepryn G.
  • grubGONE! is OMRI-Listed organic and exempt from pesticide bans in some areas.  Neonicotinoids and other synthetic compounds for grub control are, or within a month will be, banned in many states. 
  • grubGONE! is as effective as the top synthetic compounds and has been proven as such in multiple head-to-head university trials. 
  • grubGONE! is cheaper than re-seeding or sodding grub-damaged turf; grubGONE! should be applied before fall seeding to protect your investment in new turf, which can be quickly destroyed by grub activity.
  • The comparison to other organics is not even close: grubGONE! has a much broader range of control as compared to Milky Spore or nematodes and will control Japanese, Oriental, June and Asiatic beetles, as well as European chafers that are more prevalent in the northeastern United States.  Milky Spore and nematodes do not.
  • grubGONE! is not a water contaminate and has no aquatic restrictions, like Acelepryn does, in areas such as ponds, rivers, ocean etc. There is no toxicity to any off-target species such as crustaceans, fish, low-end food chain invertebrates, etc.

With grubGONE!, entire landscapes can be economically, effectively and safely protected from destructive beetle pests such as Japanese, Asiatic, June and Oriental Beetles, and European, Cupreous, Southern and Northern Masked Chafers. Unlike other biological or chemical grub-control products that are only effective against smaller 1st-instar pests, grubGONE! is an effective control of the larger, later 2nd- and 3rd-instar beetles, and can therefore be used as a curative treatment for grub control as well as a preventative treatment.

grubGONE! is effective against a wide host of scarab beetle grubs (white grubs) and is less
toxic than synthetic grub products for people , plants, animals and the environment.
Grubs will not develop resistance to this natural biological control.

Unlike many synthetic insecticides, the insecticidal proteins produced by Bt strains are very specific for certain insect species. For example, some only affect caterpillars while others affect beetles, but none of them affect mammals. The many proteins produced are named and categorized based on their primary amino acid sequence and the type of insects they affect. Because of the narrow spectrum of activity against target insects, they are considered environmentally safe for birds, mammals, natural insect enemies that help suppress pest populations.

Learn more about the main ingredient  Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt)




grubGONE! Benefits

• Novel & natural Bacillus thuringiensis galleriae (Btg) strain
• Much broader range of control: Japanese, Oriental, June and Asiatic beetles; Chafers, Weevils & Emerald Ash Borers
• Works on 1st to 3rd instar stages
• Novel beetle activity on adults & grubs
• Novel Btg turf granule & foliar formula for multiple markets
• Is effective in cooler temperatures than other biologicals
• Novel production platform technology
• 3 Year Shelf Life with no special storage requirements (no refrigeration needed)


Is grubGONE! Safe for Beneficial Insects and Pollinators?

Grub Gone

Is grubGONE! Better than Milky Spore?

grubGONE! has the broadest range of effectiveness against grubs in the non-synthetic market, and does it without harming beneficial insects!  Milky Spore is only effective against Japanese Beetle grubs; grubGONE! has a much broader spectrum of control against white grubs including not only Japanese Beetle grubs but also Asian and Oriental Beetle grubs as well as many chafers (such as the European) and many borers:

Grub Gone
Grub Gone

You get a more complete protection with grubGONE! Even better, grubGONE! is also effective against adult beetles as well as all stages of grubs (1st through 3rd instar stages) – Milky Spore is not.

grubGONE! is composed of the natural soil bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis galleriae (Btg), but most of the activity in the soil comes from the ingestion of the stable protein derived from the Btg; it is therefore not dependent on the the finicky conditions required for the bacterium to reproduce.  grubGONE! is stable for years and is effective at any temperature range in which grubs are feeding. Milky Spore must grow and reproduce in order to be effective, and therefore has a limited temperature range in which it will possibly work. In soils in the northeastern United States and some other parts of the country, the Milky Spore bacteria do no survive in the soil for extended periods, contrary to claims otherwise (see references below). 

• University of Connecticut: “Milky Spore has not been very successful in controlling white grubs.”
• University of Vermont: “Milky Spore…(has had) relatively poor or inconsistent results in the field.”
• Cornell University: Does Milky Spore Work? “The overall effect of Milky Disease is as a population suppressant, not as a direct control.”
• Reasons You Should Not Be Using Milky Spore.

When are grubGONE! and beetleGONE! Applied?

Exact application timing will depend on your location and climate, but in general:
• Optimal timing is late July or early August when beetle eggs are hatching and grubs start feeding (preventative treatment).  However, grubGONE! can also be applied through the fall as a curative treatment as well, a major advantage over even synthetic grub products as grubGONE! has both curative and preventative properties.
• grubGONE! can be effectively applied in the spring as well as in the fall.  This is especially helpful if animals (moles, skunks, raccoons, birds etc…) are causing turf damage as they feed on the grubs. A spring grub treatment will not necessarily preclude a second summer/fall treatment, however, as the adult beetles will lay eggs beginning in July and the cycle may begin again.
The chart below provides general guidelines for when to apply grubGONE! and beetleGONE! in most milder climates of the United States:

Grub Gone and Beetle Gone


  • Weight: 41 lb
  • Width: 24 in
  • Depth: 3 in
  • Height: 15 in