The June Bug also known as the May Beetle start to make an appearance in May to early July. They get the name “June Bug” becuase they show up the heaviest in the month of June. This beetle is most active at night and hatch from larvae in the springtime. The female will lay 60-75 eggs underground and after 18 days the eggs hatch out and the new larvae spend the next nine months in three stages of larval growth and come into the world as a newly hatched June bug around springtime. The larvae is a delicacy to skunks, moles and birds.
June bugs are not harmful to humans but can be a nuisance for business owners. This bug flies around bright lights, well lit windows & porch lights. They are very noisy and can be frightening to people coming into places of business.
Other problems effected by the June Bug are the shrubs and trees outside of residential homes and commercial buildings. Also, these hard shell pests can cause damage to lawn roots during the larvea stage and again because these beetles come out at night and then disappear in the daylight, can be very difficult to control them.
Quick Tips to Get Ahead of June Bug Season
- Search for larvae. The dead grass is the best indicator of the larvae presence. Remove a section of it and look for C-shaped grubs. It is much easier to destroy June bugs at this stage of their life cycles.
- If there isn’t a heavy infestation then take a more preventive approach. This involves using insecticides that are less toxic and can be applied to kill larvea only. The only condition is the grass should be green.
- Set traps to reduce June bug population and preventing the new ones. June bug traps can be homemade and easy to use. Fill as many jars as possible with soapy water and set them under the plants preferred by June bugs. The insects will drop there and unable to climb out.
- Install bug zappers. LED bulbs will attract June bugs, be captured and electrocuted. June bugs are big enough, that is why you should select large-size zappers.
- To kill the grubs, apply an insectcides that contains carbaryl or trichlorfon in September. At this time, they are still close enough to the soil surface to be susceptible to an insecticide.
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