June bugs, also known as May bugs, June beetles, and other names, are puny hairy scarab beetles. They eat the leaves of shrubs and trees, and do this in large numbers. When they are larva, they eat grass as well as many plants. So they aren’t welcome insects by any means, and need to be eliminated as soon as they are spotted.
And you know you have June bugs if your shrub leaves have gaping holes in them. That means the bugs have been in your leaves and munching away. You can also dig into your dirt and see if those fat grubs are crawling around.
One way to get rid of June bugs is with a vacuum cleaner. Many handheld vacuum cleaners sold these days are cordless and use attachments small enough to suck up bugs without destroying plants. Also, the canister can contain soapy water so that the bugs can be sucked in and drowned.
Another way to get rid of these bugs is to let birds into your environment. For example, with birdbaths or bird feeders that the squirrels can’t get at; the birds will be glad to go after these pesky insects of yours while providing beauty and song to your environment.
Other predators of these insects are frogs and snakes. There are different ways of attracting these animals to your garden, such as a rock garden installation. But again, keep in mind that the animals may be more trouble than they’re worth.
You can also get rid of June bugs the old-fashioned way: remove them with your bare hands. Unfortunately, June bugs can fly, but if you see some on your leaves, you can pick them up while wearing gloves and put them into a container filled with soapy water. That will take care of them.
And since these beetles can fly, electric bug zappers can help get shed of them too. There are different kinds you can buy through Amazon or Walmart. These machines are good at getting rid of flies, mosquitos, and other pesky flying critters too.
There are also insecticides you can purchase, which will eliminate these June bugs. They are also sold all over, and many are made with natural ingredients. Unfortunately, many insecticides can kill beneficial bugs too (and there are such things), so shop wisely. But there are insecticides on the market that deal exclusively with June beetles, and many can be applied directly to your soil.
You can also find a professional who can help you eliminate June bugs. These inspectors can come to your home and give you an estimate of what it would cost to bug-proof your place. This is probably the last resort you’d use if nothing else works, or you are badly infected with these miserable beetles.
Like all of us, you want your garden and lawn to look their best. So if you know how to get rid of June bugs, it will go a long way to making your area beautiful and safe.
Photo. Emilian Robert Vicol