An adult Oriental Beetle can be identified by its spiny legs and golden or straw-colored broad and round body. Defining characteristics also include black markings on the thorax and wing covers that greatly vary in pattern. The head of this lawn insect is usually a solid dark brown, and the wing covers have distinct longitudinal grooves. Oriental Beetle grubs have two short rows of parallel, inward-pointing hairs. The raster pattern resembles that of May/June Beetle, but the Oriental Beetle grub has a transverse slit on the backside, which is a key identifying feature for this lawn-damaging insect. Both the adults and the grubs feed on sugar cane, but only the grubs cause damage to grass. This lawn pest can be a problem anywhere that sugar cane is grown and especially along the coastal regions of the United States.
There are two methods for controlling Oriental 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.