Billbugs

Pest Type: Insect

Damage to Plant: Irregular brown patches that lift right up from the lawn appear where grass roots have been chewed through.

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Description:

A long, forward-pointing snout gives this dark, slow-moving, ½ inch long weevil its name. The real pests, though, are the fat, legless grubs. About the same size as the adult beetles, they’re white with brown heads. Billbugs are a problem primarily on the East Coast and in the West.

Life Cycle: Adults hibernate in protected areas, then lay eggs in grass stems in spring. The grubs hatch out and tunnel into the stems, then move deeper to feed on crowns and roots before pupating in autumn. There is one generation a year.

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