Some of the pests that come with spring and summer present some major health risks, like the Deer Tick passing on Lyme disease.
Others, however, are simply pests because they get in the way of having a good time in good weather. The “June Bug” is one such pest; it’s an insect—or collection of insects—that don’t actually pose a threat to people. But because they are attracted to light, and because they’re a comparatively large size for insects, and clumsy to boot, they can interfere with the simple pleasure in life like just sitting out on your own porch or deck during a summer’s evening.But what is a June Bug, and why is it such a pest for people during the summer? Let’s take a closer look so we can understand this harmless—but inconvenient—visitor to our homes.
More Than One Bug
The June Bug is not the scientific term for this insect, or, more precisely, insects. “June Bug” is a generic term that Americans have broadly applied to a range of different beetles that become more prominent in spring and summer. Because beetles carry a strong resemblance to each other from one kind to the next, it’s easy to mix them up, but what we often call a June Bug is more commonly one of six species:
- European Chafer Beetle
- Green June Beetle
- Figeater Beetle
- Ten-Lined June Beetle
- Japanese Beetle
- Phyllophaga (Which is made up of over 260 individual species)
What’s really important is the common behaviors these June Bugs display. All of them are nocturnal, which means they start getting busy as the sun goes down. They are all attracted to light, which means that porches with the lights on, or exposed windows casting out light will be a big draw. None of them are aggressive, nor do they sting or bite, so they’re actually quite harmless to people.
However, they are large, which can be a little disturbing to some people, and, because they are beetles they can fly. Beetles are not accomplished flyers though, meaning their flight path can be erratic and clumsy, and collisions are fairly common. And while the adults are more an inconvenience than anything else, the young they leave behind can be a threat for plant lovers. June Bug grubs pose a double threat as they prefer to feed on the roots of plants, and other wildlife may dig at the dirt in order to eat them.
Dealing With The Problem
If your issue with June Bugs is the grubs they lay, then many off-the-shelf products can be used to deal with the grubs in your yard without harming the plants. The adults may also pose a problem since they are vegetarians and may munch on your flowers and other plants. Because June Bugs are harmless, simply picking them up with your hands and either relocating them or dropping them in soapy water can get rid of the problem.
For June Bugs that make it as far as your house and cling to your windows, or any other insect or rodent problem, contact Habitat Pest Control. We're committed to providing the best service year-round for all your pest problems.