Most people don’t mind June bugs. They don’t bite or sting, and they don’t look particularly annoying. You may wonder if June beetles are dangerous. Although they don’t bite people, they do eat a variety of plants. The unpleasant-looking larvae also feed on the roots of plants and destroy grasses and other plantings underground. June bugs, also known as cockchafer, can become a real nuisance to homeowners in the spring and summer. Fortunately, the bug can be controlled and prevented by doing it yourself. Below, you’ll learn how to control and get rid of them if they become a problem in your lawn or garden.
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Are June beetles dangerous to people and pets?
You may be wondering if June beetles are dangerous to you or your pets. After all, they have pinchers around their mouths and sometimes seem to attack us with their unpredictable flight. The bugs can bite – but not people or pets. Like all other bugs, they have small mouthparts. However, these are designed for chewing and eating plants, not biting people or defending themselves. Adolescent June bugs, called larvae, also have mouthparts. However, like their adult counterparts, these are designed solely for eating roots and plant material, not for biting or stinging. The bugs won’t pinch you, either. Their mouths are too small to cause harm to humans or pets. They also do not have any other pinch or sting on their bodies.
The bugs do not pinch or bite, but when they crawl on you, you may occasionally feel a slight discomfort. This is because June bugs, like most scarab beetles, have sharp spines on their legs. This allows them to cling to surfaces without falling out. Therefore, when a June beetle crawls on you, you may sometimes feel a slight sting from the spines. However, this discomfort is not intentional, and you do not have to worry about getting hurt. These bugs do not transmit diseases, so they are relatively harmless.
What damage do the bugs do to your garden
June bugs can be harmful to your landscape. They feed on plant material. This means they can destroy your garden and plants or damage your trees. Their larvae are equally destructive, eating the roots of plants and trees and damaging them. Therefore, you may be looking for ways to prevent June bug infestations, even though they are not harmful or dangerous to you or your pets. Cats love to chase and pounce on the bugs, and perhaps your dog will eat them as a crunchy snack.
Control June bugs in the garden naturally.
To properly control the bugs , you need to be active between summer and the beginning of autumn, because this is when the female June beetles lay their eggs. When there are already adult beetles, it is too late to do anything that would really help. When using pesticides, you need to keep in mind that they may do more damage to your garden than the June beetles. Below are some ways you can prevent the bugs from destroying your garden in the future:
- Keep your lawn healthy – You can keep your lawn healthy and prevent the bug infestation by planting seeds on the bare spots in your yard. Bugs prefer to lay their eggs in short grass, so don’t cut your lawn too short in the summer. Avoid overwatering or underwatering your lawn in the spring to ensure deep, healthy roots. You should also aerate your lawn regularly.
- Milky spore disease – This is a natural disease that can help kill bugs organically. It is not harmful to earthworms, which are necessary for maintaining a healthy lawn, but it is harmful to June bug larvae. All you need to do is sprinkle it on your lawn and then water your garden for about 15 minutes or apply it just before a rainstorm. A single treatment can last up to 15 years.
- Eliminate any damage – If the bugs are destroying your lawn, it’s pretty obvious; you’ll see damaged areas where the grass has died. If you see damage on your lawn, dig it up. You’ll find some larvae in the soil, and it’s best to destroy them so they can’t cause further damage or grow into adults.
- The bug is much less active in the morning, so that’s the best time to get rid of them. You will probably find them on the plants, shake them off and destroy them. Since they are attracted to light in the evening, you can use this to your advantage. Attract them with a flashlight or light and destroy them.
- Natural predators – June bugs may not be the most attractive bugs, but they do smell and taste good to some animals. Armadillos, skunks and other mammals can be seen pulling back the turf as they search for something to eat. Birds also like to eat June bugs, so try to attract them to your garden. You can set out bird feeders, but don’t put out birdseed, as the birds are more likely to jump on that than the bugs. There is also a species of wasp that lays its own eggs from which it hatches and feeds on the bug.
- Tilling the soil in the garden – If you dig up the soil in the fall, all the grubs will come to the surface. You can try to destroy as many as possible, and the birds will help you, and at the same time enjoy a delicious meal.