If you live in an area with deciduous trees, chances are you’re familiar with June bugs. These pesky little creatures are most active in late spring and early summer, and they’re known for their voracious appetites—which can wreak havoc on your lawn and garden. So, how can you get rid of June bugs? Read on to find out.
The Best Way to Get Rid of June Bugs: Adult June Bug Trap
One of the most effective ways to get rid of June bugs is by trapping them. You can do this by setting up an adult June bug trap. To make one, you’ll need a gallon-sized container with a lid, some overripe fruit (bananas work well), and some soapy water. Cut a few small holes in the lid of the container, add the fruit and water, and then place the trap near an area where you’ve seen June bugs. The fruit will attract the bugs, and the soapy water will prevent them from escaping. Check the trap daily and dispose of the bugs in soapy water. Repeat as necessary until all the June bugs are gone.
Another great way to get rid of June bugs is by using beneficial nematodes. Beneficial nematodes are tiny parasitic worms that kill pests like June bugs while doing no harm to humans, pets, or plants. They work by entering the bug through natural body openings and releasing bacteria that kill the pest from within. Initially, you may see moreJune bugs as they come to the surface to die, but eventually, they’ll all be gone. You can buy beneficial nematodes online or at your local garden center.
If you’re looking for a long-term solution to your June bug problem, milky spores may be for you. Milky spores are a type of fungus that infects and kills Japanese beetle larvae—which are the juvenile form of June bugs. Once infected, the larvae turn white and die before they have a chance to emerge as adults and cause damage to your lawn or garden. You can apply milky spores to your lawn in early spring or fall for best results.
Chemical Insecticides (Preventive & Curative)
If all else fails, you can always resort to chemical insecticides—although this should be your last resort as they can be harmful to humans, pets, and plants alike if used incorrectly. For preventive control, apply an insecticide around the perimeter of your yard in late spring or early summer to create a barrier that will keep June bugs out. For curative control, treat areas where you see adult June bugs with an insecticide according to the instructions on the label; this will help kill existing insects while also deterring new ones from coming into your yard.
June bugs can be quite a nuisance if they invade your yard or garden—but thankfully, there are a few different ways you can get rid of them quickly and easily. The best way to get rid ofJune bugs is by setting up an adult June bug trap; simply add some overripe fruit and soapy water to a gallon-sized container with holes cut in the lid, place it near an area where you’ve seenJune bugs, and check it daily until all the pests are gone. You can also use beneficial nematodes or milky spores for long-term solutions, or resort to chemical insecticides as a last resort. By following these tips, you’ll have your yard back in no time!