An adult Sugar Cane Beetle has a shiny black body covered with several indentations. This lawn pest also features several claw-like structures covering each of its legs. Some adult specimens have also been found with hairs growing on its underside and along its sides. The Sugar Cane Beetle is a very large lawn pest when compared to other grub species—they are nearly twice the size of Green June Beetle grubs. Both the adult and grub stages of this lawn-damaging insect feed on sugar cane, but only the grubs will cause damage to lawns. This lawn pest can present a problem anywhere that sugar cane is grown, but especially along the coastal regions of the United States.
There are two methods for controlling Sugar Cane 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.