The European Chafer Beetle, also known as the June Bug, is a pest that has been a bane to property owners throughout North America. But it does not have to be. The following will provide a guide to the beetle itself, as well as options for how to get rid of the Chafer Beetle once and for all.
What Is The June Bug?
The European Chafer Beetle is just that: European. Formerly, this large, white grub was only found on the continent of Europe. Over the last several decades, though, it has made its way over to North America to breed in similar climates. Many in North America refer to these beetles as June Bugs.
The bug grows to be about 14 millimeters in size and can have a reddish-brown hue to it. And while they only have a single year life cycle, the European Chafer Beetle mates in large swarms, usually on warmer nights. The female beetle then lays up to 40 eggs over the course of the year, allowing the insect to multiply quickly. As the beetles mature, they prefer to feed on both cultivated and wild grass roots.
How Does The June Bug Damage Grass?
The European Chafer Beetle can damage just about any plant. It eats the roots of a wide variety of species, but it does prefer turf grasses due to how fibrous the roots are. This type of feeding can cause significant damage to any lawn. As soon as the roots are gone, the grass begins to turn brown and die, which gives yards a patchy, unhealthy look. But while this damage can be an annoyance to home and business owners who have the task of looking after a lawn, even worse damage can come from simply having the European Chafer Beetle on the property.
Just the appearance, smell, and sound of the beetles attract other animals, like birds, rodents, and reptiles. It is these animals that do the real damage. With their claws, beaks, and teeth, they dig up the lawn in search of the beetles, to feed themselves and their young. The worst time of year for this type of damage is when the grubs are both getting bigger and eating lots of roots near the ground’s surface, generally in the spring and the fall.
June Bug Elimination Options:
Option 1: Nematodes
Nematodes are one option. Because they are microscopic roundworms, they are considered a biological control measure. The beauty of this elimination option is that they are already natively-occurring in the area so they will not significantly disrupt the surrounding habitat. Unfortunately, nematodes are rarely a foolproof solution. First, they are not a preventative measure. It is only after European Chafer Beetles have invaded that nematodes can be used. This means that your lawn is nearly always at risk of damage and it is only when the damage is done that the nematodes come into effect. Additionally, nematodes are rarely able to completely wipe out a yard’s beetle infestation. This is especially true if the nematodes are not introduced in July, when they will have the most success with killing younger and more vulnerable beetles.
Option 2: Pesticides
Using pesticides to fight unwanted creatures and plants is like using magic dust. It always works. There is a reason for this, though. Pesticides can be extremely dangerous. For this reason, it is advisable to bring in a professional pest control service to administer the chemical and ensure that nothing and nobody in the area are harmed in the process.
To make sure that your yard does not suffer from a June Bug infestation this year, please contact us.