FLEMING ISLAND, Fla.-- They're tiny, gross, and can pack a big bite. We're talking about the larval form of beetles - better known as grub worms.
"As the number of grubs increases, the number of damage increases," John Cooksey with McCall Services said.
Grubs live in the soil, so they feed on grass root and work their way up.They usually don't come out until Spring, but thanks to the warm winter we're having -- they're popping up early.
"We're seeing insect activity -- even in January we saw it. So, we know it's going to be a big year," Cooksey continued.
We found Cooksey out checking for the pests this afternoon. Although there were dead patches in the yard, it appeared to be in the clear.
Cooksey says not everyone will be that lucky, and in fact, some will have to pay big bucks to fix the problem. If you don't, your property can, and will, have obvious damage. Going forward, pests of all kinds will need to be watched for.
"We're going to see a huge increase in the number of turf insects. Not just grubs, but cinch bugs, sod web worms. It runs the gamut for the amount of insects that attack our lawns," he said.
Exterminators say if you start to see a change in your grass, don't wait. Call a professional right away.