Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix

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Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix

The product picture shown above is the NEW packaging for this product. Some websites still display the older, dark blue and yellow bag with a large grub on the front. The product is the same.

Milky Spore for Grubs provides safe and effective grub control which can remain active in the soil for as much as 20 years. To get this long lasting control you should apply Milky Spore at least 3 times a year for 2 years. You should apply Milky Spore grub control granules with a push spreader or a hand spreader in the Spring, Summer, and Fall for 2 years to create the long term residual. Each 20 lb bag of Milky Spore will cover 7000 square feet. Milky Spore is safe to use along with other herbicides and fertilizers and it is harmless to birds, bees, and fish. Safe to use around pools or ponds. Milky Spore contains Milky Spore disease bacterium (Bacillus popillae) that kills grubs in a way that is environmentally safe and highly recommended by professional and organic gardeners.




MILKY SPORE -- Frequently Asked Questions:

1. How fast does the Spore work and how long does it last?
Milky Spore begins working as soon as it is applied as long as grubs are feeding. Once grubs are infected they will multiply the Spore by several billion times and spread it further. In warm climates good control can occur in one to three years. In colder areas like New England, three to five years. Once established in a lawn, Milky Spore has been known to last 15 to 20 years.

2. Will freezing ruin the Spore? What about heavy rain?
No, Milky Spore is not affected by freezing or other adverse environmental conditions. Heavy rain may wash away newly applied Spore dust necessitating retreatment.

3. Will fertilizer or chemical pesticides that have dursban and diazinon in them affect Spore?
Dursban and diazinon have been banned by the EPA as toxic to the environment. Milky Spore is safe for the environment and is not affected by pesticides, fungicides or herbicides. They may be applied at the same time.

4. Can I use it in the vegetable garden?
Yes, Milky Spore is harmless to food crops. It is not a chemical pesticide. It may be used in gardens, around pools and wells.

5. Should we keep our pets off the lawn?
Milky Spore does not affect pets, beneficial insects, fish, bees, birds, other animals, plants, or man. It is not a poison.

6. Can I mix the Spore with water and spray it?
Neither the Milky Spore powder nor the Milky Spore Spreader mix should be mixed with water and sprayed.

7. Can I cut my grass after applying the Spore?
Do not mow or rake your yard until Milky Spore has been soaked into the soil.

8. What if I treat my yard and my neighbor does not?
Your lawn will be protected even if you are surrounded by untreated property. Eventually, the Spore will creep next door into adjacent areas by natural movement.

9. Won’t beetles fly in from my neighbors yard?
An adult beetle feeds only during it’s first two weeks. By the time they fly in from adjacent areas, any new grubs laid in late Summer will be affected by the Spore.

10. What about Moles?
Eliminating grubs with Milky Spore often cause Moles and Skunks to feed elsewhere. Unfortunately, they may head for your neighbor’s untreated yard instead. Milky Spore does not affect moles, it simply eliminates their food source.

11. Can I have too many grubs?
If you are rapidly losing your lawn due to too many grubs, more than 10 per square foot, you may be wise to use an insecticide along with Milky Spore.

12. How do I know if I have beetle grubs?
Grubs feed on the roots of your grass which can become brown and die. Simply lift the dead grass and look for white larvae curled into the shape of a “C” about the size of a penny. Active grubs can completely destroy a lawn. Use Milky Spore for safe, long-lasting control.

13. Do beetle larvae feed more aggressively in Fall?
Yes, grubs in fall are in the first instar stage and are feeding for growth to store body fat for winter. In the spring, grubs reach 3rd instar prior to molting and do not require as much food.

14. Are grubs infected by Milky Spore in spring when rising to the surface following hibernation?
Grubs become infected by swallowing a spore. They do not become infected by rubbing up against spores or passing through them. Since grubs feed less in Spring, the incidence of infection is not as great as in fall.

15. What are the application rates for Milky Spore?
Milky Spore Powder in cans is a one time application put down in spots in measuring teaspoon amounts every four feet apart creating a checkerboard pattern of spots throughout your yard. Each spot contains 100 million spores.
Milky Spore spreader mix should be applied at least 3 times a year for 2 years. You should apply Milky Spore Spreader Mix with a push spreader or a hand spreader in the Spring, Summer, and Fall for 2 years to create the long term residual.

16. Can I broadcast the Spreader mix?
No, Milky Spore Spreader Mix is too light to be used with a broadcast spreader. It must be placed in concentrated areas on the lawn and that is why it must be used with a drop spreader.

17. Can I wait to water in the Spore?
Yes, you can wait 36 to 48 hours before watering in the Spore. Make sure you water the Spore before raking or mowing your lawn. The whole idea is to soak the Spore into the soil where it will become available to grubs feeding on the roots of grass. Simply use an oscillating hose sprayer for 15 to 20 minutes over the entire treated area. There may still be some white residue but this is chalk used as carrier for the spores.

18. What is the difference between the Spreader mix and the powder?
The main difference is that in using the six part spreader mix program you are essentially spreading the spore over an entire lawn rather than in concentrated areas. In doing this the number of spores in any one location is significantly less than the concentrated spot method.
Grubs become infected by swallowing a spore and this occurs by happenstance when feeding on grass roots. The more spores in a given area, the greater chance for infection. Each infected grub dies and releases 3 billion new spores into the soil.

19. How do I know if I have Japanese Beetle Grubs?
St. Gabriel Laboratories provides a free grub analysis for it’s customers. Simply place six grubs in a non-crushable container with some moist earth and grass roots. Don’t punch any holes in the container as grubs do not need much air. Send the container to: Free Grub Identification Program St. Gabriel Laboratories 14044 Litchfield Drive Orange, Virginia 22960 Tel: (880) 801-0061

20. What is the shelf life of Milky Spore?
The older the Spore, the more effective it becomes.

21. What if I get Milky Spore in my eyes? What if I breathe it in?
Milky Spore itself is not toxic. However, Milky Spore contains chalk and a powder carrier. Care should be taken not to get any dust in one's eyes as it is an irritant.

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  • 40 of 41 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Great Grub killer and controller!
    By Theresa in Garden City on 05/25/2013
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    This is the only product that I found that would rid my yard of grubs...its totally safe for the environment and animals too! The only pest it kills is the grubs...if you have a infestation of grubs you definately need this product

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  • 29 of 31 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Milky Spore Mix
    By Gretchen in Dallas, TX on 04/27/2013
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    I see the difference already! They were quick to ship to my house, it was reasonably priced and they even followed up! No more Lowes or Home Depot for me! This is the only way to go!

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  • 22 of 22 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  It works
    By in Los Angeles, Ca on 06/16/2013
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    We had a major problem with raccoons digging up our yard looking for grubs. I've completed the third application and even now the digging has stopped. Of course will finish the fourth application, but this stuff really works. I'm actually going to buy plants now since I believe the raccoons will leave them alone.

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  • 21 of 23 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Moles
    By Russ in Leesburg, Fl. on 01/29/2014
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    The Milky Spore has been down for about 3 wks. & no new evidence of moles digging in the yard. Amazed at how fast it works. Thanks.

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  • 15 of 16 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Seems to do the job even when we don't follow the directions
    By Greg in Cobden, IL on 10/14/2014
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    I have to begin by saying that we didn't follow the directions. They say to use a drop spreader and apply three times per year but we used a broadcast spreader and applied only in the fall. Nonetheless, we've had a lot fewer mole problems in the areas we used this than elsewhere. Results would probably be even better if we did what they say to do, but we didn't want to spend that much time and money. We do try to minimize our use of pesticides, and this product seems to fit the bill for what we want.

    Expert Response   Expert response:
    We are glad you have seen good results, however, we would recommend doing the full 6 treatments of milky spore granules for the best results. Applying at this rate will cause the spore to multiply and to continue to kill Japanese beetle grubs for 20 years or even longer.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  does what it says it does
    By Louise in Charlestown on 06/14/2017

    Very good product, I used it last year for the first time and this year my grass looks great. No more grubs. Using it again this year

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Milky Spore Works!
    By Leslie in Oskaloosa, KS on 04/17/2017

    I have used it for 2 years and not a sign of moles! Now working on my sons yard.

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  • 3 of 5 stars  Milky Spore
    By Daren in northwest Arkansas on 04/13/2017

    I only rated 3 stars because Milky Spore is a long term solution for grub control. I think its a bit too high in price but if it will last as long as they say, then its worth it. Easy to put out but wish I could buy larger quanties

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Milky Spore
    By Don in Murfreesboro TN on 11/03/2016

    Great product for eliminating grubs without harming the environment

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    4 of 5 stars  Milky Spore
    By Dave in Dayton on 10/03/2016

    I started using this last year because of brown patches in my lawn and a skunk was digging in my yard to get the grubs (I also saw a nice fat grub while mowing one day!). I have put down 4 of the 6 required applications and am happy to report that this fall nothing has been digging in my lawn and I haven't had the brown spots from grubs eating the grass roots.

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    4 of 5 stars  milky spore
    By Elaine in 27320 on 09/29/2016

    I ordered the granules ,they were different sizes, in order to let the large ones out I had to open the slot and that tossed too much of the smaller out. you need to make the granules more consistent. will order in march, please make them consistent in size. do like this product my daughter is interested in this product too.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  MILK SPORE GRANULAR REVIEW
    By Larry in lafayette, alabama on 08/28/2016

    FIVE STAR IS BASED ON COST, SHIPPING COST AND PROMPTNESS OD DELIVERY. I NEED TO DO AT LEAST THREE MORE TREATMENTS BEFORE I KNOW HOW EFFECTIVE THE PRODUCT IS IN CONTROLLING JAPANESE LARVA.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  milky
    By Melvin in wetumpka alabama on 07/30/2016

    works great

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  • 2 of 2 people found this review helpful:

    4 of 5 stars  Milky Spore lawn spreader mix
    By T in Tipton, IN on 07/23/2016

    Delivery was fast. The mix is a bit dusty but went down on the lawn pretty well. It actually took two fairly heavy rains to water it in. Only been a few weeks since application so I don't know how this application is working but I have used milky spore in the past and it kept the grubs at bay for about 10 years.

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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    5 of 5 stars  Milky spore lawn spreader mix.
    By Joakim in Hopewell Junction, NY 12533 on 06/08/2016

    The service was very satisfactory. It was easy to use, and I will use it for the rest of the summer and next year. It is much better than the chemicals and it is frendly to the environment

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09/10/2011 Jane from West Hartford Ct And Newport Vt

QWe are considering Milky Spore.
We want to know if one bag will stay effective through a spring, summer, fall application schedule.

AMilky Spore has an indefinite shelf life and will not go bad in the bag.

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05/25/2012 Cynthia from Fort Mitchell Ky

QCan I use Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix in my vegetable garden?

AYes, you can use Milky Spore in a vegetable garden.

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03/26/2012 Carol from Stanley, Nc

QI need a grub control product that would not harm my outdoor cats. I cannot keep them off of the area.
Need to kill grubs & have outdoor cats that it would be hard to keep off the treated area.

AMilky Spore would be the best product for you to use if you cannot keep your cats of of the treated areas. Milky Spore does not require you to remove animals as it is not a chemical poison. Milky Spore contains Milky Spore disease bacterium (Bacillus popillae) that kills grubs in a way that is environmentally safe and highly recommended by professional and organic gardeners.

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08/29/2011 Kent from Evansville, In

QWill Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix kill the grubs the moles are after?
Are the grubs this product controls ,the same grubs that our friendly moles like to dig my yard up looking for ?

AMilky Spore Lawn Spreader mix will only control Japanese Beetle Larvae in your lawn when used as directed on the product label.

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10/01/2013 Sandi from Stamford, Ct

QHow many Bags of Milky Spore Spreader mix is needed for one acre?
How much granular milky spore do I need for a one acre parcel? Is it safe to use by grass on the edge of a lake?

A

Each 20 lb bag of Milky Spore Spreader Mix will cover 7000 square feet. An acre has 43,560 sq ft so you will need 7 bags. You can safely apply Milky Spore to grassy areas near bodies of water.

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Most Recent Customer Questions

08/29/2016 Bradley from Battle Creek, Michigan

QCan I till up my lawn if I used Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix in it this past Spring?
Want to till area and wondering what it'll do for the coverage of the milky spore.

A

That would not affect the Spring application of the Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix. However, if you will be doing another treatment this Fall we would recommend tilling before you do that application. It would give the product better coverage and adherance†that way to stay in the area where it was originally put.†

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08/09/2016 Kathleen from Goochland, Va

QIs Milky Spore safe for use in cattle pastures?
Can this product be used on pastures intended for beef cattle and if so, should the cattle be off pasture for a period of time after application?

A

Yes, Milky Spore is not a poison and can be used around cattle or any other animals.† Animals do not need to be removed during application.†

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06/27/2016 Linda from Poughkeepsie, Ny

QIf I have leftover Milky Spores, can I save it an use it the following year?

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Milky Spore has an indefinite shelf life and will not go bad in the bag.†

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06/02/2016 Marshall

QCan I use Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix where chickens will roam?

A

Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix† does not affect pets, beneficial insects, fish, bees, birds, other animals, plants, or man. It is not a poison.†

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05/15/2016 Steve from Ri

QCan you use Milky Spore if you have well water?

A

Yes,†Milky Spore is not a chemical pesticide. It may be used in gardens, around pools and wells.

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05/02/2016 Michael from Yorktown, Va

QWhat is the setting on a Scott's edge guard spreader for the Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix?

A

We are not sure if this spreader would be appropriate for application of Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix since†Milky Spore Spreader Mix†is too light to be used with a broadcast/rotary spreader. It must be placed in concentrated areas on the lawn and that is why it must be used with a drop spreader over every square foot of grass.† It requires six applications, usually Spring and Fall for three years to build the number of spores in any one area to millions of spores.

For assistance calibrating your spreader, please see our video at the bottom of our granular†spreader page here.

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04/21/2016 Michael from Yorktown, Va

QWill putting Roundup on the yard for weed control affect placing of Milky Spore?

A

An application of Roundup would not have any effect on the Milky Spore. Milky Spore†is not affected by pesticides, fungicides or herbicides. They may be applied at the same time.

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04/08/2016 Lloyd from Woodbury, Mn

QWhen is the best time of the year to put down Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix? I am in Minnesota.

A

Milky Spore†should be applied three times a year for two consecutive years in a row. The best time should be in the spring (May), summer (July) and fall (September). It would be too late in the year to apply this product now. We would recommend waiting until the Spring to apply.†

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11/05/2015 Donald from Owosso, Michigan

QHow many square feet does a 20lb bag of Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix cover?

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The 20lb bag of Milky Spore Lawn Spreader mix will cover 7000 square feet.†You should apply Milky Spore grub control granules with a drop spreader in the Spring, Summer, and Fall for 2 years to create the long term residual.

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10/21/2015 Betsy from Norfolk, Ct

QCan I put Grub X down now and follow-up with Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix in May?
I have a terrible mole/vole/grub problem. Nematode application this past spring did little. Want to try your product next spring (already had a freeze here). Can I try putting down grub x now, follow through with your product Memorial Day, then July 4 and Labor Day? Also how do I put your product in my extensive perennial beds (can't use a spreader there!)? Thanks

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If you have already had a frost, then it is very unlikely there are still any grubs actively feeding close enough to the surface to be killed by curative insecticides. You should apply Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix in the Spring, Summer, and Fall for 2 consecutive years for best results. If there are areas where it is difficult to apply with a spreader, then you can wear gloves and use your hands to disperse the product. Be sure to remove any groundcover such as pine straw, wood chips, etc. so that the spores will actually get into the soil. Be sure to read the FAQs on the product page and the product info sheet for more information.

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