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    How Lawn Beetles Can Kill Your Lawn - Lawn Care Tuesday

    Shaun Kanary
    Posted by: Shaun Kanary on July 17, 2012

    beetleWhile our lawns may be struggling to keep from going dormant this dry season, another threat to them is on the way: Beetles.

    What Do These Beetles Look Like & When Will I See Them?

    The Japanese beetle is a copper-colored critter that is not native to the United States.  Like most other insects, the Japanese beetle was brought to this country as a means for insect/vegetation control purposes.  Every summer as the tempretures increase, another season for these creatures begins. But not only does the beetle go to town on over 200 other species, it's favorite lunch spot is your lawn! 

    How These Beetles Can KILL YOUR LAWN!

    In late Spring, Japanese beetles lay their eggs in your lawn, allowing the larvae to eat your lawn when they hatch.  This bug not only destroys your turf, but also robs the turf's root system of nurishing nutrients and water.  

    How You Can Stop The Infestation!

    The best way to stop beetles is to prevent them.  Most lawn care companies including Weed Pro lay down a preventative treatment that kills the larvae before they can do damage.  In addition to preventative treatments, their are post-larvae treatments than can kill the insect. Speak to your lawn care professional to learn more about these treatments.


    DO NOT purchase beetle bags from a home improvement store.  These bags are counter productive, as they will attract more beetles, rather than prevent them.  Beetle bags often use beetle pheromones or food scents to attract the beetles in an attempt to capture them. It would be like trying to prevent your house from burning down by setting a small controlled fire in your living room, when the best bet would be not to start a fire in the first place!

    Insects in Your Lawn? Find Out How to ID/Prevent Them With Our Free Insect ID Guide!

    Weed Pro can help you ID those insects in your lawn, and give you the information on how to prevent and stop them.  Our FREE Lawn Insect Guide will help you ID those insects, and stop them DEAD in their tracks!



    Shaun Kanary

    Shaun has been a part of the Green Industry for the past 15 years. As the Director of Marketing for Weed Pro, a Cleveland and Columbus Fertilizing Company, Shaun is a regular contributor to the Weed Pro Blog, and other industry magazines and blogs.

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