How to Get Rid of June Beetles (Natural & Organic Methods) - Organic Daily Post

How to Get Rid of June Beetles (Natural & Organic Methods)

By Sabrina Wilson / July 27, 2022

The furry brown or black June beetle is one-half to three-quarters of an inch long. The six-spotted green June beetle is about the same size. The adult does not do much damage to plants. It is the white C-shaped larva, or grub, that feeds on the roots of plants, especially grasses. Grubs are present in the soil from late spring to early fall. They are most numerous in early summer.

The injury done to turf grasses by grubs is often first noticed in early to mid-summer when the grass withers and dies in small, irregular patches. The turf can be pulled back easily to reveal the grubs feeding on the grass roots. In late summer and early fall, as the grubs mature, they move closer to the soil surface in preparation for winter. At this time, they may be found just below the thatch layer or in the top 2 to 3 inches of soil.

There are several ways to reduce grub populations and the damage they cause. One is to maintain a thick, healthy turf through proper fertilization, mowing, and irrigation. A well-cared-for lawn is more tolerant of grub damage and can better withstand an attack. Be sure to follow recommended cultural practices for your turf type.

In small areas, grubs can be killed by applying insecticides to the soil. Treatments should be done in late summer or early fall, before the grubs move deep into the soil for winter. Consult your local cooperative extension office or garden center for specific product recommendations and application rates.

Organic methods for getting rid of june beetles are preferable for a number of reasons. First, they are more environmentally friendly than using pesticides or other chemical methods. Second, they are often more effective at getting rid of the beetles than chemical methods. Third, they pose less of a risk to human health and the environment. Finally, organic methods are generally more affordable than chemical methods.

Beneficial Nematodes

There are a few different species of June beetles, also called June bugs, but the most common in North America is the Northern Rose Chafer. These reddish-brown bugs are about ½-inch long as adults and are attracted to lights at night. The larvae, called white grubs, are plump, C-shaped worms that live in the soil and feed on the roots of grasses and other plants.

If you have June beetles in your yard, you can get rid of them using beneficial nematodes. Beneficial nematodes are microscopic worms that kill pests by entering their bodies and releasing bacteria that dissolve the insides. They’re safe to use around people and pets and won’t harm beneficial insects like bees and butterflies.

To use beneficial nematodes to get rid of June beetles, mix the nematodes with water according to the package directions and pour them into a garden hose-end sprayer. Then, water the entire yard, paying special attention to any areas where you’ve seen the beetles or their larvae. Reapply every 4 weeks through the summer to keep June beetles away.

Neem Oil

To get rid of june beetles, mix equal parts neem oil and water in a spray bottle and shake well. Spray the mixture on the beetles and their larvae, and also on the leaves of any plants that are infested. Repeat every few days until the beetles are gone.

Insecticidal Soap

Insecticidal soap is a mixture of fatty acids and potassium hydroxide. The fatty acids work by breaking down the cell membranes of insects, while the potassium hydroxide disrupts the ion balance within the cells, causing the cells to collapse.

If you have a june beetle problem, insecticidal soap is a good solution. Mix up a batch of soap following the directions on the package, and then apply it to the affected area. The june beetles will be killed on contact, and their bodies will be easy to clean up.

Horticultural Oil

Modern insecticidal soaps are highly effective against a wide range of common pests, including aphids, whiteflies, spider mites, and thrips. Insecticidal soap works by disrupting the surface of an insect's exoskeleton, which leads to dehydration and death. Insecticidal soap is made of potassium salts of fatty acids, which act as a surfactant. This soap-like material is then mixed with water and applied to plants.

Horticultural oil is a great way to get rid of June beetles. You can either purchase horticultural oil at your local nursery or make your own. To make your own horticultural oil, mix 1 part canola oil with 1 part dish soap. Mix well and apply to the affected area. Apply the horticultural oil in the evening so that the June beetles will be attracted to the light. Be sure to apply the horticultural oil to the tops and bottoms of the leaves so that the June beetles are getting the full treatment.


What are june beetles?
June beetles are a type of scarab beetle. The adults are usually brown or black and have a rounded, humpbacked shape. They're sometimes called June bugs. June beetles burrow into the ground to lay their eggs. The larvae live in the soil and eat the roots of grasses and other plants. In some parts of the world, June beetles are considered a pest because of the damage they can do to crops.

What do june beetles eat?
The adult beetles usually feed on leaves, flowers, and fruit. The larvae feed on the roots of grasses and other plants.

Where do june beetles live?
June beetles are found in many parts of the world, including North America, Europe, and Asia.

What is the life cycle of a june beetle?
The life cycle of a june beetle starts when the adults lay their eggs in the ground. The larvae live in the soil and eat the roots of grasses and other plants. The larvae eventually turn into pupae, and then into adults.

What do june beetle larvae look like?
June beetle larvae are white or pale-colored and have a grub-like appearance. They're often called "white grubs."

What do june beetle pupae look like?
June beetle pupae are brown or black and have a rounded, humpbacked shape. They're often mistaken for adult beetles.

When are june beetles active?
The adult beetles are usually active at night. The larvae are active during the day.

How do june beetles mate?
The male and female beetles mate in mid-air. The female then lays her eggs in the ground.

What do june beetles do?
The adult beetles usually just eat leaves, flowers, and fruit. The larvae eat the roots of grasses and other plants.

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About the author

Sabrina Wilson

Sabrina Wilson is an author and homemaker who is passionate about a holistic approach to health. When she is not writing she can be found tooling around in her garden with the help of her appropriately named dog Digby, bicycling in the park, and occasionally rock climbing…badly. Sabrina is a staff writer for the Organic Daily Post.

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