How to Get Rid of June Bugs: 6 Simple Steps for Removal 2022

June bugs can cause havoc and damage to your vegetable garden, along with landscape plants. Home gardeners loathe these insects and need to learn how to get rid of June bugs to save their garden.

Before you figure out how to get rid of them, you have to understand June Bugs. They are scarab beetles and come in a variety of species. These insects are all called June bugs:

  • Chafer
  • Green June Beetle
  • Japanese Beetle
  • Ten Lined June Beetle

No matter what type you have in your garden, they all appear about late May throughout June, hence why they are referred to as June Bugs. All have the same oval shaped body with pincers in the front. They use their pincers to destroy our prized plants, devouring them.


Understanding the June Bug’s Life Cycle


June Bug eating a leaf

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Five grubs laying in soil

The larvae of the June bug can cause damage to your lawn and turf grass. If you notice large, brown areas in your yard, the offspring could be attracting the roots of your grass. These little devils can destroy whole patches of grass if left alone!

Items You Need to Get Rid of June Bugs

  • Sevin or similar insecticide
  • Neem Oil
  • ​Milky Spores
  • White Light
  • Vegetable Oil
  • Small Pond or Birdbath
  • Large Perennial such as Ferns
  • Old Stump or Plywood
  • Birdhouses
  • Bird Feeders
  • Nematodes
  • Bucket or Jar

Steps to Getting Rid of June Bugs

Luckily, all of the steps are the same when it comes to getting rid of them, no matter what species you have in your garden. Let’s take a look at a few methods to try.

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Grubs laying in destroyed grass

1. If you have June bug larvae in your lawn, there are a few maethods to try

  • Apply Sevin or insecticide to the affected area.
  • Use milky spore, which is a disease that treats lawn grubs and is environmentally safe. As the larvae die off, milky spores are released into the soil, avoiding further infestations.
  • Neem oil is a botanical pesticide used to repel Japanese beetles. You mix with water and spray it on the area. Because it has insecticide properties, many want to avoid using Neem oil on their vegetable garden, but it works very well on lawn areas.

2. Use Sevin or a similar insecticide in your garden

You can apply them to the affected plants in your garden, and it should kill off the adult June bugs. However, many gardeners prefer not to use this method on their vegetable garden for obvious reasons.

Sevin is full of chemicals that could leech into the food, and Neem oil contains insecticidal properties. If organic gardening is a priority for you, you need to move onto a different choice.

3. Make a June bug trap

If you want organic methods, a popular choice is to make a June bug trap using either a jar or bucket. You might have used a similar way to get rid of fruit flies or stink bugs as they invade your house.

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At the bottom of the bucket, place an inch or two of vegetable oil. The bugs are unable to escape once they fall into the oil, eventually drowning them. At the top of the container, you need to place a white light that will attract them to your trap.

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Garden snake laying in the grass

4. Attract small snakes, frogs, and toad to your yard

If you are someone who is afraid of these reptiles, you may want to steer clear of this step. However, these animals can naturally take care of the June bug population that is overrunning your garden.

To get toads and frogs to come to your garden, you will need some water source. A small pond or even a birdbath with water could work! They also like large-leaved perennials as a shady, hiding place.

​You might squirm at the idea of attracting snakes to your garden, but they are handy and useful. The best way to get them to come to your garden is by giving them ample places to hide. They need shelters, such as an old stump or an older piece of plywood laying around. Snakes also benefit from water sources, so leave a ground level birdbath out. Remember to walk around your garden before you decide to mow. Otherwise, you might kill your new snake friend.

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Six songbirds on a branch

5. Bring in Robins and Songbirds

Another natural adversary to June Bugs is Robins and songbirds. They are happy to nest in planters or other areas, so try to provide bird houses throughout your yard and garden. Of course, you could also provide food for the birds. That is always a surefire way to get birds to visit. Plus, songbirds are lovely to watch.

6. Purchese Nematodes

Nematodes are grub parasites that live inside of the bodies of the June bug larvae. You will have to wait until they have laid their eggs before you can use this method. Most gardening stores sell nematodes for gardeners to purchase.

They come with simple, easy to follow instructions on how to apply them to the garden. It just involves mixing water and spraying the area where you suspect the larvae is.

​Dealing with pests is something you, as a gardener, will face many times throughout the years. Pests destroy the leaves and roots of your plants. June bugs are no different. Their little pinchers eat the leaves. The larvae destroy the roots of your grass. It is no wonder that gardeners dread seeing these little beetles in their garden.

Lucky for you, there are a few methods to try. If you are comfortable with insecticides, getting rid of June bugs is easy. Organic, natural methods will take more effort, but well worth the effort.

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