An adult May/June Beetle is best described as often covered in hairs, medium to large in size and brownish-red in color. May/June Beetle grubs have a distinct V- or Y-shaped anal slit and two parallel rows of hairs on the raster, the key identifying features distinguishing May/June Beetle grubs from other White Grubs. The raster pattern of these lawn pests closely resembles that of an European Chafer; however, the two rows of hair do not diverge from one another as in the Chafer. Compared to other White Grubs, May/June Beetle larvae are also much larger. Signs of May/June Beetle damage to lawns include gradual thinning, yellowing and wilting. Scattered, irregular or dead patches of grass can also occur in lawns infested by this lawn-damaging insect. Affected areas can easily be pulled up by hand, plus animals that feed on May/June Beetle grubs can also cause damage to the grass when searching for food.
The May/June Beetle has a two-year life cycle.
There are two methods for controlling May/June Beetles that TruGreen® recommends: 1. Use professionally applied pest control designed to prevent excess lawn pest populations, which can cause damage to your lawn 2. Kill insects, grubs and other lawn pests before they have a chance to damage your lawn Proper mowing and watering techniques can also help foster a healthy lawn that's more tolerant to lawn pest attacks—plus you'll get a lawn you'll want to live on in the process.