Everything You Need to Know About June Bugs

February 28, 2022

June bugs, also known as June beetles or May bugs, are a common pest for gardeners and farmers, as their larvae present a huge problem for plants and lawns. They get their name from the fact that they most commonly found in North America in the month of June. There are around 260 different types of June bugs that each pose a different type of threat. A couple of the most common types will be discussed in detail below.

June Bug
June bugs’ sizes can range from 12 to 35 millimeters, with a color range of blackish to mahogany. They have no markings and have a hairy texture on their under-bodies. The larvae of these pests commonly eat the roots of backyard plants. Because June bugs can fly and are attracted to light, North Americans are advised to keep their windows closed in May and June to prevent the bugs from entering. Luckily, these bugs are harmless and will not bite you or your pets, so it’s not a big deal if they do get in.

Green June Beetle
The green June beetle is another common beetle active during the day. This beetle is slightly smaller than the June bug, measuring 15 to 22 millimeters, and most of its body is a shiny green color, giving it a very bright and noticeable appearance. The green June beetle is most commonly found on the eastern U.S. coast from Georgia all the way up to Maine. These pests will feed on your fruits and berries, which can be very detrimental to farmers and gardeners alike. The green June bug larvae will also nibble on your lawn or turf grass, posing another threat to your backyard. If you have a green June bug issue, it may be time to explore some pesticide options.

Life Cycle
When dealing with the different types of June bugs, it is important to understand their life cycle. This will make it easier to control them on your property, protecting your precious plants and lawn. Both the June bug and green June beetle have similar life cycles. The female will lay between 60 and 75 eggs underground during a two-week period in the mid-summer months. After around 18 days, the eggs will begin to hatch and the grubs come out. These grubs are white in color and have a brown-black head.

The larval stage lasts around 9 to 10 months and ends with the larvae pupating. These larvae will feed on the roots of plants, proving to be a massive nuisance to farmers and gardeners. The pupal stage lasts for three weeks, after which point the pupa will begin to transform into its adult form. This is when it will begin to take on its iconic metallic green color. The adults will eventually appear when the weather is at its hottest and will feed on foliage and fruits.

Eliminate June Bugs with MosquitoNix®
If you notice a June bug or green June beetle infestation in your backyard, it is important that you act as quickly as possible. Since most of the life cycle of these insects occurs underground, it will be quite difficult to exterminate the population by yourself. If you're tired of seeing beetles in your backyard and dealing with the destruction they cause, contact MosquitoNix. We have extensive experience dealing with removing beetles from the home and we have the expertise to exterminate specific species of beetles. Contact our professional customer service team to learn more about our services and to receive a free cost estimate.

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