May-June Beetles Are Out

Its that time again. I saw my first May-June beetle today. Poor guy must have been flying last night and exhausted himself.



These beetles belong to the family of Scarabaeidae, aka the scarab beetles. You probably know their juvenile stages as grubs. Grubs

Seeing this early flier means it’s probably too late for that spring grub treatment.  Grubs need to be hit when they are most likely to be feeding on the turf.  Especially when they are young.  This can vary from region to region and species to species.  May-June beetles in and of themselves rarely get to large enough numbers to cause significant damage.  But their grubby Japanese Beetle cousins definitely can. And when they team up in your lawn you might get some serious damage going.

If you’re worried about grubs in your lawn the first step is to get them accurately identified. From there you have a number of options available to you. An Integrated Pest Management approach is the best for these guys. Be sure you contact a reputable company if you choose to go that route. If you prefer to do it yourself and just want a head start, I am happy to help with grub species ID and treatment recommendations.

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Springtime Lawn Worries???

Are you concerned about your lawns health? We did have a rather nasty winter here in Ohio.  If you look outside and see a bunch of brown like in this picture you probably don’t have anything to worry about.


As you look closer what you’ll find is a perfectly healthy batch of new growth coming on up.


This just happens to be a variety of turf called Kentucky Bluegrass. There is a  variety of grass types out there and each has a way of dealing with the seasons and changing weather.  Many just go dormant as a way to handle excessive cold and even excessively hot weather. 

Some companies that lack scruples might look at this and caution you about a need for immediate fertilization and start a costly regimen. Don’t fall for it! Sure, appropriately timed fertilization is a good thing and can do wonders for your yard. But you shouldn’t be hassled into treatments you don’t need. 

Have some more questions about your lawn? Wondering what bugs are trying to get out of your cupboards? Send me a message.

Ohio Bugs: Pest ID & Consulting Services is here to help!

Welcome to the start of what I hope to be a great experience for all!  I’ve spent the last four years providing basic identification services through the University and now I am branching out on my own.  I offer basic identification services via images and actual specimens.  Consulting on your immediate pest needs and even assistance in designing the perfect plan to get your lawn and landscape as gorgeous as it can be.

Check back often for little blurbs about current pests and what you can do about them.