Did you know that
early Autumn is the best time to get rid of those oh’ so annoying BLACK BEETLES?
Black Beetles have a peak feeding period during April, May
and June as they like to fatten themselves up for the winter. As a result, we
highly recommend that you treat Black Beetles as soon as possible before you
end up kissing your lush greenery goodbye. If you’re unsure of how to identify Black
Beetle symptoms, continue reading our quick blog to learn some useful tips to
What is Black Beetle?
Black beetles first hatch into a White pupa before maturing
into its beetle form. They love feeding on grassroots which often causes
sections of grass to die. Black Beetles have a life cycle of one year,
awakening in Spring for their post-winter feed. Black Beetles turn into pupae
during this season before emerging into beetles in the Summer. These beetles
prefer laying their eggs in the Summer heat leaving enough time to hatch into
Autumn. In Autumn, these new Black Beetles go on a feeding frenzy before
Winter, thus repeating the entire lifecycle the following year. This supports
why Autumn is the best time to treat Black Beetles, as Black Beetle treatments
often need the pests to be feeding a lot.
How to Detect Black
The best way to detect Black Beetles is to keep a close eye
on your turf and any visible brown patches that don’t turn green. Grass patches
that are watered well, present an irregular shape and are dead could also be a
sign of Black Beetles. To check if you have a Black Beetle infestation, lift up
a piece of your dead turf. If the turf is easily rolled up and the grass has no
roots, Black Beetles are undoubtedly present. If you don’t appear to see any
dead grass patches, yet have a spongy lawn, this could also suggest an
infestation before any common symptoms occur.
Helpful Tips for
Treating Black Beetles
Treating Black Beetles as early as possible is key to
ensuring minimal damage to your turf. Here are a few quick and easy treatment
steps you can undertake immediately.
1: Once you know your turf or lawn is infested, control the beetle population
by applying a pest control spray. Please review the instructions before
applying the product to your yard, as each spray in the market has a different
application method. Plus, you don’t want to overcoat your lawn and kill it in
2: Provide sufficient deep-lawn irrigation. Did you know that deep water
irrigation makes soil unliveable for beetles as it promotes a thick turf that
is unfavourable to the pests?
3: Once the pests are gone, fertilize your grass to encourage the regeneration
and growth of dead areas. We recommend a high-quality fertiliser from our Go
Turf product range.
4: Prevent Black Beetles from settling in your turf again by reviewing the
condition of your grass regularly. You can find preventative pesticides in the
market that kill pests over a long period, including future hatchlings.
At Go Turf we are a team of lawn and turf
specialists who can offer comprehensive advice for treating pests in your
grass! If you have any further questions or queries, feel free to call us today. We are your local turf
company and are committed to making your yard as beautiful as can be all year
are the biggest (and best) turf supplier servicing the Sunshine Coast and
Brisbane. So, whether you need a lot or just a little, feel free to us or fill out our quick online form today! Our customers
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because we make the process of delivery and installation as easy as possible.
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