June bugs are back!
POSTED: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 4:42pm
UPDATED: Thursday, April 11, 2013 - 6:17pm
Tyler , TX (KETK) — As the weather starts to warm up, there is one bug in particular that starts showing up again.
The June bug.
The little guys are either floating in your pool, trying desperately to get into your house or sticking to your window screen.
"June bugs are actually beetles. One of the reasons why they are called June bugs is because they tend to come out in May or June depending upon where you are in the country, " said Dr. Srini Kambhampati Department Chair of Biology at UT Tyler.
Dr. Kambhampati says the June bug only has a 2 to 3 year life cycle.
The June bug spends its winter months in the ground as larva feeding on the roots of grass and plants and emerges when it warms up in the spring.
But, with the climate changing, Dr. Srini says they might not be living under the ground for too much longer.
"Right now there is one generation of June bugs per year. If it warms up, they don't have to be living underground in the winter, they might be going all year long so we might have two generations instead of one."
Owner of Alpha Pest Control Dennis Newberry says during this time of year he gets two to three calls a week about June bugs.
But, its hard to kill them because they are so far into the ground.
Newberry says at the larva stage they eat the root of the plants in packs which makes the grass turn yellow no matter how much you water it.
"What they do to residential and commercial lawns, it's a big expense to hire people to take care of them," said Newberry.