Name that worm!? - Knowledgebase Question

San Jose, Ca
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Question by jennifer_hes
October 28, 2009
I was removing dead leaves and turning up some of the soils in my garden area and noticed these worms...everywhere..1/2 in length,clear in color,curled up not moving. Redish-orange head w/legs near upper body only. Half worm/half bug?? eventually they would disappear in the soil. Friend or foe? and where did they come from. Jennifer

Answer from NGA
October 28, 2009
What you describe sounds like June Beetle grubs. They are "C"-shaped, up to 1 inch long, with cream-colored bodies and brownish head capsules. They usually have two pairs of prolegs but that can vary depending upon their age. These grubs eat the roots of grasses, vegetable and ornamental plants so they are not considered beneficial in the garden. Grubs also feed on the roots of weeds, vegetable transplants and ornamental plants. The most severe plant injury is caused in the fall and in the spring.

If you're not too squeamish you can squish them with a shovel. If you'd rather not pick them up or squish them, you can use a product such as Orthene. Be sure to follow label directions.

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