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How Can I Get Rid of June Bugs?August 25th, 2020 by
Most homeowners landscaping in the spring to ensure their gardens are looking good for the summer months., and the last thing they want is for anything to ruin their hard work. If your lawn is suffering from brown spots from June bugs, the best time to treat it is in the fall. This will help your lawn come back beautifully next spring.
Also called May beetles or June beetles, these insects are often caught wreaking havoc in gardens, lawns, and even on porches or other house openings. Be prepared for these pests and learn how to get rid of June bugs to keep your home, lawn, and garden looking great.
Preventative Measures for June Bugs
The first sign of June bugs is the presence of brown areas in your lawn. June bug grubs (their larvae) live underground and feed on the grass roots in your lawn. To determine if this is the problem you are having, you will need to cut up a small area of the lawn and turn it over. If there are white grubs underneath, you probably have an infestation and need to get rid of June bugs. If you do not find these grubs, something else is causing the problem.
Adult June bugs, typically one half to one inch long and brown to red in color, mean you have more limited options for controlling the population. The female bugs will lay their eggs in the soil toward the end of summer and when they hatch into grubs, they will burrow down further for the winter. Because of this, the best time to cover your lawn with an insecticide treatment is in the early fall.
You should only apply insecticide if you are sure June bugs are the cause of lawn damage. The average healthy lawn will not benefit from the application, even if a few grubs or bugs are in the lawn. Locate a lawn care professional that will know exactly how to get rid of these pests.
Eliminating Hatched Grubs
To kill the grubs that have just hatched, you will want to use a pesticide that contains thiamethoxam, clothianidin, chlorantraniloprole, or imidacloprid. The best time to apply these products is in late June, July, August, or early September. It’s best not to wait too long because the ingredients will be less effective on larger, more developed grubs. Acting too early, you will risk having all the pesticide wash away before the grubs are hatched.
Natural June Bug Control Options
If you prefer to use natural methods to get rid of June bugs, the first thing you can focus on is keeping a healthy lawn. Make sure your irrigation and drainage systems are able to keep up with the heat where you live. This on its own makes the likelihood of June bugs much lower. June bugs prefer to lay eggs in short grass, so consider keeping your grass a little longer, later in the summer.
Other treatment options include bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), a natural microbe that is safe for pets, humans, and most other insects, and a worm called the beneficial nematodes. This worm can help get rid of any grubs that might be in your lawn and both options can be found at any home and garden store.
Hire a Professional to Help
Eliminating June bugs isn’t difficult, but take your own health and physical capabilities into consideration when determining if you will take care of them yourself or hire a professional. Five Star Rated can help you find a qualified professional in your area and have you happily sitting back out on your porch in the evenings, enjoying your lawn and garden free of June bugs.
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