Relaxing with a drink on the pouch is when you suddenly get stiff and hit a flying bug. Looking down, you can see that the culprit is a beetle, more specifically a June bug. These pests are attracted to the lights you have, but they can’t do much harm to you, but they can annoy your deck on early summer nights. But your landscape is not so lucky.
What are the June bugs?
Part of the problem when discussing the “June bug” is that this common name is fooled in two ways.
- Many different insects pass by this common name, but not all of them destroy the landscape of all parts of the Northern Hemisphere equally.
- Different common names are used even when discussing a particular species. “June Bug” is the most popular in some areas, but in other areas “June Beetle” or “May Beetle” may be used.
All bug species in June are considered scarab beetles, all starting in the form of larvae known as “larvae” and all appearing as adults in the garden from late spring to early summer. Both adults and larvae can damage the landscape. However, keep in mind that not all beetles are bad. Lady beetles ( Hippodamia convergence ) are very beneficial.
Junebug grabs are most famous for damaging the lawn (living underground, eating grassroots, and causing lawn withering), but adults can eat leaves, shrubs, vegetables, and more. The damage caused by adults varies from region to region as well as from year to year. For example, in the years of New England (USA), one of the bugs in June, Japanese beetles ( Popilia japonica ) devastate pumpkins in your garden, but strangely in other years. You may be absent.
The insect most strongly associated with the common name “Junebug” is Phyllophaga longispina. Unless otherwise stated, Phyllophaga spp is used. What we’re dealing with here (although most of the information applies equally to other types of June bugs).
Signs of problem (even if you can’t see the beetles or larvae)
There are several indicators that may be a problem for adults or their larvae in June.
- There is a brown patch on the lawn.
- A small hole is dug in the lawn overnight. These holes are often made by scanks looking for their food source, grabs.
- Mole also eats larvae, so if you have a mole problem, the cause may be the larvae.
- There are holes in the leaves of some plants.
Track their detection by monitoring the landscape for such signs and confirming the presence of these insects. To confirm the presence of grabs, dig grass in the lawn and examine the soil for greyish caterpillar-like insects that vary in length from less than an inch to just over an inch (“C“ Disturbance ”. Inch shape “. To make sure there are adults, walk faithfully through the landscape and look for beetles on the leaves of the plant.
Taking effective and timely action is a great way to prevent problems caused by the June bug and its problems.
The best way to get rid of June bugs
The “best” way in this case is the method rather than the timing focus. Do not wait for adult beetles to appear before performing pest control. It is much better to target the larvae than to try to kill an adult. The larvae are contained in a defined space under the grass. This makes it easy to erase everything. In contrast, adults as flying insects can be anywhere.
The life cycle of a bug in June varies from species to species, but the typical scenario is:
- Females lay eggs on the lawn in midsummer.
- The grab quickly hatches and remains near the soil surface until it falls.
- They dig deep into the ground for the winter.
- They come out of the ground as adult beetles in the spring.
To kill the larvae, spray an insecticide containing carbyl or trichlorfon in September. At the moment, they are still close enough to the soil surface to be sensitive to pesticides.