The June bug, also known as the June beetle or May bug, can be controlled with a few simple measures.
Let’s look at June bugs and how to get rid of them.
What are June Bugs?
Put simply, June bugs are scarab beetles.
Several different species are referred to as June bugs, and these include:
These pests appear in mid-May, leave by the end of June, have a similar body form with an oval back and pincers at the front, and feed on landscape plants’ leaves.
Grubs of these insects might also impact grass and turf grass. The damage is typically large brown patches in the grass that can be readily scraped off the ground.
How to Manage June Bugs
All of the bugs referred to as June bugs should be managed similarly.
To kill June bug grubs, you may use an insecticide like Sevin on the grass and then water the lawn to get the chemicals into the ground; or you can spray milky spore to the soil to destroy June bug grubs.
If the adult June bug is eating your plants, you may use Sevin or comparable insecticides to protect them.
If you are looking for an organic method to kill June bugs, you can try to build a June bug trap.
How to build an organic June Bug trap
- Set up a white light at the top of the container with an inch or two of vegetable oil at the bottom.
- Make sure the container is open so that the June bugs can fly in and be attracted to the light.
- The June bugs will be attracted to the light and fall or crawl into the oil below and be unable to fly away again.
Small snakes, frogs, and toads are also natural predators of this pest.
Get professional help
If you have a severe infestation of June bugs, your best bet is to consult with a lawn care specialist.
A professional can provide you with the products and services necessary to rid your lawn and garden of these pests for good.
You should preferably seek a specialist who can advise on the best treatment for your lawn and be a highly competent pest controller.
Pest control companies will also have a good understanding of the lifecycle of June bugs and can target their treatment to specific times of the year to ensure that the pests are removed before they cause any damage.
While a primary concern of a pest controller may be to eradicate the problem at all costs, a lawn specialist will ensure you are left with a healthy and green lawn.
When looking for a lawn care specialist or pest control company, ask about their experience with June bugs and other insects and pests.
Look for companies that have been in business for many years and have an excellent reputation.
Also, make sure that the company you choose is fully licensed
When Should I worry about June Bugs?
If you have a few June bugs around your property, they aren’t likely to cause severe damage and can be controlled with some of the methods mentioned above.
However, if you have a more significant infestation, they can severely damage your plants if left untreated.
If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to get some advice from the friendly team at My All Green Pest Control and Lawn Specialists.