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Fall Populations of Sugarcane Beetles

August 28, 2012
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A sugarcane beetle
Three sugarcane beetles in dirt
Sugarcane beetles crawling on roots

Sugarcane beetles have spent the summer as white grubs and should be reaching adulthood in September and October. Until recently, sugarcane beetles have only been found damaging warm season turfgrass. This past spring, however, multiple sites have reported cool season damage. In areas with a heavy infestation, turf damage can be extensive and devastating. During the next few weeks, expect to see adults emerging and crawling on the turf surface, particularly at night. Monitoring is the key to anticipating and preventing a problem.

For more information on the sugarcane beetle, visit: http://www.turffiles.ncsu.edu/Insects/Default.aspx#IS004921

If you suspect you may have a sugarcane beetle issue: contact Terri (tlhoctor@ncsu.edu)