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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  • 46 of 47 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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  • 33 of 36 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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  • 24 of 25 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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  • 23 of 27 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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  • 18 of 19 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  Great product!
    By Teresa in Winston-Salem, NC on 11/04/2017

    After just one treatment, the moles and voles have disappeared! They are no longer tearing up my yard or my gardens. I will treat my entire yard and gardens spring, summer and fall just like the instructions. Hopefully I will never have this problem again!

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Milky Spore - Death to Japanese beetles:}
    By Don in maine on 11/03/2017

    Easy to follow directions. Easy application. Thank you!

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  • 4 of 5 stars  Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix
    By Marjorie in Niagara Falls, N.Y. on 10/31/2017

    I started about three or four years ago trying to find an environmental solution to Japanese beetles in my back yard. I did computer research and found " milky spores". It was the only thing I could use that wouldn't harm any birds, plants or regular (lady bugs) etc. There has been no destruction anywhere that I can identify. It worked.

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  • 4 of 5 stars  Applied Once So Far
    By D. in Papillion on 10/06/2017

    It is a bit early to tell the effectiveness of the product. I am hoping for the best. It was easy to apply with a tube applicator.

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  • 4 of 5 stars  milky spore
    By John in Moscow pa on 08/22/2017

    I really think it's beginning to work. It really takes 6 applications to get rid of them entirely. One more application in the fall and hopefully by next spring they will move on.

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Milky Spore Granules
    By Dottie in Louisville, KY on 08/21/2017

    We purchased the milky spore granules because we had an infestation of Japanese beetles. We used the milky spore granules in the lawn for the grubs. We will have to put the granules down one more time before frost. It is a great product and we highly recommend the product to anyone with Japanese beetles!

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Love this stuff
    By Westley in Lawrenceburg, Kentucky on 07/14/2017

    I bought this because it was the only thing I have researched that we could use to possibly get rid of grubs and moles that would not hurt our dogs. So far so good! We recently spread it on our yard because we were infested! Only time will tell but I can definitely say we will be ordering again for the Fall!

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  • 5 of 5 stars  Milky Spore Success
    By Sjb in Fayette on 07/07/2017

    Seems to be working well. I have many, many fewer "mole hills" after putting it on twice since this spring.

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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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  • 1 of 1 people found this review helpful:

    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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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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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?

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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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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.

27 of 27 people found this answer helpful.
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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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Most Recent Customer Questions

10/24/2017 Emma from Farmington, Ct

QIs Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix safe for my earthworms?

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Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix will only kill white grub larvae and will not harm earthworms.

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10/17/2017 Diane from Ft Recovery Ohio

QHow much Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix do I need for 1.5 acres?

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The 20lb bag of†Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix†will treat 7,000 sq ft. To treat 1.5 acres, you would need approx 10 bags to fully treat the yard. Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix needs be applied in the Spring, Summer and Fall for 2 years in order to get the 20 year protection.†

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08/22/2017 B. from Nashville, Tn

QWhen is the best time to apply Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix?
I live in Nashville, TN and I found several grubs in my yard while digging a trench. It's mid-August, when is the best time to apply this product?

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Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix should be applied three times a year for two years. It is recommended that you apply it around the Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

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07/11/2017 Ronnie from Center Harbor

QShould I use Milky Spore for lawn grubs?

A

Milky spore†is a common grub treatment, but it will only affect Japanese beetle white grubs. This is why it is important to identify the grub before deciding to treat. Milky spore comes in two formulations, granules and powder. The granules must be applied multiple times over two years using a spreader. The powder only has to be applied one time using a specially designed applicator. It does take about 2 years to see the initial results but the spore keeps working to control grubs for at least 10 years. †Here is our white†grub guide†for more information.

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06/14/2017 Dennis from Bartlesville, Ok

QAre Milky Spores affected by weed killer?
I used weed and feed a week or two before applying the milky spores. Just wanted to be sure there is not adverse affect that might kill the spores from the weed control.

A

No †Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix is not affected by pesticides, fungicides or herbicides. They may be applied at the same time.

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06/05/2017 Laura from Woodstock, Ny

QCan Mlky Spore Granules be spread on wet grass?

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If†the ground is wet, this will help to carry the milky spore into the soil. It is ok to apply the Milky Spore Granules now that the grass is wet.†You want to apply 3 times a year for 2 years. One app memorial day one app 4th of July and last app by Labor day. Once you have done this 2 years in a row, you should be rid of grubs.

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06/02/2017 Martha from Heath Springs, Sc

QIs the Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix okay to use before solarization treatment (plastic laid over the ground during the heat of summer)?
I'm planning to expand my garden and want to start this year for planting next year. I've fed hundreds of grubs to my chickens. Now I'm overwhelmed with Japanese beetle damage.

A

Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix†can be applied before laying the plastic down if you water it in before doing so.† Keep in mind, however, that the† Lawn Spreader Mix needs to be applied 6 times over the course of 2 years in order to get the full residual of 15-20 years, so you will need to remove the plastic each time in order to reapply.†

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05/11/2017 Sue from Wentzville, Mo

QWill I need 40 lbs Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix for each of the 6 times to apply in the 2 yrs for a 14,000 sq ft area?

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To cover 14000 sq feet, you will need 40 lbs Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix for each treatment.

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04/22/2017 Sue from Muskegon, Mi

QCan I put the Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix down now? It won't rain for three more days. Or should I wait closer until we have the rain?
On the bag it states to water in within 24 hrs. I have quite a bit to cover so sprinkling would be a problem.

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The manufacturer recommends that the Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix be watered in no later than 36-48 hours after application.† If you are not able to use a sprinkler or otherwise irrigate, it would be best to wait until closer to the time you are expecting it to rain in your area.†

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04/19/2017 Scott from Conowingo

QWhen should I apply Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix in Maryland?

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Milky Spore Lawn Spreader Mix should be applied 3 times a year for 2 years.† Technically, it can be applied at any time the ground is not frozen, but the manufacturer recommends applying it around Memorial Day, July 4th, and Labor Day, just to have dates in mind to help you remember.†

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