Weeds Pests Diseases
everything for lawn care all in one place
providing dependable & original lawn tips since 2008
The Lawn Guide
Lawn Beetle
Lawn Beetle

A Different Perspective On African Lawn Beetles

We usually refer to African Black Beetles as Lawn Beetles, and place all sorts of blame onto them for the ills of our lawns health, but is this a true belief, or an urban myth? And is it necessary to kill lawn beetles?

The Problem With Lawn Beetles

Through the larva stage of their life cycle, the Lawn Beetle will chew away at the roots of our lawns as its primary food supply. With its roots being attacked, the natural assumption for us is often to believe this is a bad thing, that without roots our lawns will surely die. So we may believe that the Lawn Beetle must be a real pest.

Perhaps not so.

Lets Look Further At Lawn Beetles

While the larvae most definitely feeds on the roots of lawns, they generally keep moving throughout the soil, rarely concentrating on a single small area. Having a feed here and there, and never doing enough damage to a single area of the lawn root system to cause it to kill the lawn area it is supporting.

In turn, the lawn’s response is to replace its lost roots with new, younger and more vigorous roots, and this is very good for the lawn.

Another Factor To Consider

Lawn Beetle activity increases as temperature increases.

This is exactly the same as the growth and health patterns in lawns, so as beetle activity increases, so does the ability of the lawn to repair itself. In fact, a lawn would have to be severely infested before the damage from beetles could ever outpace the lawns ability to repair and regrow from any damage caused. And as lawns become dormant during the Winter, so do the beetles.

Another Lawn Beetle Benefit

Yes, there is still one more benefit to having Lawn beetles in our lawns.

As the beetles and larvae burrow throughout our lawns, they leave behind them masses of tiny trails and tunnels.

This has the effect of naturally aerating the soil beneath the lawn, allowing vital oxygen to circulate into the soil for the roots of the lawn to be able to take up.

So the Lawn Beetle could be referred to as nature’s little lawn coring machines.

When Beetles Become A Problem

When lawns are suffering from poor health due to lack of care, lack of nutrients, or lack of water or sunlight, the damage factor of the beetles can outpace the repair abilities of the lawn. But this will only be if lawn beetle numbers begin to increase significantly.

Though beetles can rarely gather to great enough numbers to outpace the lawns ability to repair itself.

In these cases of large lawn beetle numbers, treatment to control and kill lawn beetles should be considered. But for most of us, treatment to control lawn beetle will most often be unnecessary.

Lawn Beetle Treatment

In the rare case that control of African Lawn Beetle may need to be sought, simple pesticide dusts are available in most nurseries for a few dollars. Once applied to the lawn, the dust is then watered in, and dead beetles will continue to appear on the lawn surface for up to a month later.

All content original and copyright
The Lawn Guide
Lawn Care Tips
you may also like one of
these lawn care articles...
General Lawn Care
Keep it neat & tidy By Kate Wall 'New Content' Part of mowing a lawn...
A beautiful new soft buffalo lawn Caring For New Roll On Lawn Our new...
This is a small re-turfing job I undertook recently. We're installing...
Lawn Repair
A bare patch caused by excessive shade Bare or Dead Lawn Patches...
A specialist lawn coring machine The Lawn Coring and Aeration Process...
An alternative method to aerate a lawn Lawn Coring Alternatives In...
Lawn Watering
When is the best time to water lawns Correct Lawn Watering Times...
A malfunctioning sprinkler Checking Reticulation Our reticulation...
Watering too often Excessive Watering Of Lawns When we talk about...
Lawn Mowing
Lawn Mowing Heights Deciding On Lawn Mowing Heights Choosing the...
Lawn clippings left on lawns Clever Garden Recycling With Lawn...
Long periods between mowing shouldbe avoided to maintain good lawn...
Weeds | Pests | Diseases
Lawn mowing as weed control An Easy Way To Stop Weeds Spreading...
Glyphosate Weed Killer A Broad Spectrum Weed Killer Glyphosate will...
Cape Weed How To Kill Cape Weed Cape Weed is an annual herb with...
Lawn Varieties
Mondo or Liriope as a lawn alternative Mondo Grass and Liriope Often...
What Is A Drought Tolerant Lawn The drought tolerance of lawns refers...
Matilda - a soft leaf buffalo lawn photo courtesy of Matilda...

prevention and treatment of lawn weeds, lawn pests including army worm & sod webworm, & lawn diseases such as brown patch & spring dead spot
independent lawn care tips for australian lawns

Lawn Care Facts
Lawn Fact:
The high levels of Silica in Zoysia grass is responsible for the legendary durability and wear tolerance of Zoysia lawns...
Professional lawn care videos sharing quality lawn care tips in an easy video format - click to watch
preparing soils for new lawns video
meanings to the most common terms
used in lawn care practices in australia
Lawn Care Expert
Respected Australian turf and plant breeder Todd Layt shares expert lawn care advice with lawn lovers
Grab this image and link to Australia's original & favourite source of quality lawn care tips
Lawn care tips for Australia's favourite shade grass
Organic lawn care advice to create environmental benefit from our lawns
Natural control of lawn weeds Controlling Lawn Weeds Without Pesticides Weeds don't need to...
Top Organic Lawn Care Tips The goals of Organic Lawn Care are to naturally reduce the...
Lawn Mowing Heights to Save Water and Keep Lawns Healthy In keeping with the principles of...
A low maintenance and environmentally friendly lawn for all warmer regions
Different Types Of Zoysia Grasses There are several different varieties within the Zoysia...
Zoysia Tenuifolia - A Very Different Lawn Zoysia tenuifolia is very different from all other...
One Council park using common Kikuyu Time To Switch Our Parks To Zoysia We're going to take a...
Lawn care discussions and observations in a friendly blog format from The Lawn Guide
Understanding Couch Grass In Queensland Like so many other aspects of Australian life, prior...
Lawn Club is a new lawn care, lawn mowing, and gardening contractors business information...
As many people who have visited The Lawn Guide over the years, and since our first launch in...

Lawn Care Topics
the lawn guide ~ australia's leading source of quality lawn care information