July 25th, 2019 | by chilli
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 action today!
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 Beetles?
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.
- Step 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 the process.
- Step 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?
- Step 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.
- Step 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 round.
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