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Green June beetles on the rise in Indiana

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GOSHEN - Over the past four to five years, the number of green June beetles have been on rise in Indiana and this bug can be harmful for your plants according to Jeff Burbrink, Extension Educator for the Purdue Extension Elkhart County.

The beetle feed on many plants but are more fond of ripe fruit: peaches, berries, plums, grapes and cherries. Burbrink says these fruits may attract clusters of the beetles. 

Burbrink received a call from a lady frantically describing huge bugs flying all around her back yard. He says the green June bug is like a Japanese beetle on steroids.

The green June beetle grub, just like the Japanese beetle grub, feed on decaying matter and grass roots in the soil, but the green June beetle larva is much larger and tunnels throughout the soil. 

"If you have fruit trees surrounded by a lawn, and you see the big green bugs flying around, it is very likely you wills see some turf damage," Burbrink said.

Burbrink says carbaryl (Sevin) and trichlorfon (Dylox) are two insecticides you can find at local stores. Grub protectors, usually the ones people use dot kill off Japanese beetle grubs, apparently do not work as well on the green June beetle grubs.

"Watering the lawn is a key part of making the insecticide work more effectively," Burbrink said. "Sprinkling the lawn 24 hours before you treat brings the grubs closer to the surface. After the insecticide is applied, sprinkle lightly to wash the product off the leaf blade and closer to the grubs."

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