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June Bug Patrol - What they are and how to get rid of them

Posted on April 25th, 2018

June Bug Patrol - What they are and how to get rid of them

If you are a gardener, then you are probably already well aware of what a bug infestation could mean for your garden. It could be quite the devastating blow if it is not caught early on and could cause a lot of problems if it is left untreated.

June bugs are one of the most notorious garden bugs and are often seen regularly during the summer season. They tend to feed off the different plants in your landscape and garden and can cause hefty damage.

What are June Bugs

June bugs are a large, brown scarab beetle that will typically appear during late spring and early summer months, which is why they are named as such. They are abundant in the eastern and southern United States.

Some other commonly used names for the June bug include June beetle and May beetle. They love to feed on vegetation, especially leaves but also go for grass, flowers, fruit, and grain crops.

The female June bugs, once they emerge, will begin to bury their eggs into the soil right below the surface and these larvae will begin to hatch in just three to four weeks.

They will then begin to feed and can even live just off of plant roots for up to three years!

How Do You Know if You Have June Bugs?

If you suspect you have June bugs, you may be able to visibly investigate the landscape. If you find brown and dead patches of grass that easily lift up, then you have a June bug infestation, and you should immediately take the steps to remove them.

How to Get Rid of June Bugs

Yes, you can apply an insecticide to rid your lawn of June bugs, but there are other more natural alternatives to ridding your yard of these pests.

Chemicals can eventually cause more harm than good and can even affect your own health.

The following are just a few natural ways to contend with this pest:

  • Make sure to keep your grass healthy. Taking care of the lawn and investing in a suitable drainage system can go a long way in ensuring the conditions are adverse for these beetles.
  • During the summer months, it is beneficial to keep your grass a little bit longer than you normally The June bugs prefer to lay their eggs on shorter grass, so if it is longer, they may decide not to lay their eggs there.
  • Use soil-dwelling bacteria such as Bacillus Thuringiensis and Beneficial Nematodes to feed on the beetles. While they will feed on these pests, they will not harm any humans or animals in the process.
  • Use frogs, toads, and birds in the yard to feed on the June bugs. Using a water irrigation system will encourage the presence of frogs in your yard, and they will then feed on the June bugs. Just make sure you know how to control these animals after the June bugs have been eliminated.

If you find yourself with a June bug infestation, there is no need to worry. Following any of these natural ways will effectively rid your lawn of these annoying pests so you can get back to cultivating the garden of your dreams.

You will no longer have the worry or headache of having to find ways to chemically treat your yard and then worry if the chemicals affected your crops.

Natural remedies are a much safer alternative for other animals, your garden, flowers, and other vegetation, and most importantly, yourself.

Contact 512 Landscaping for more tips on bug patrol with different trees and yard landscapes.

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