Bluegrass Billbug Control in Allentown, Bethlehem, & Lehigh County, PA | Green Turf Care
Billbug on a blade of grass in Allentown, PA.

Bluegrass Billbug Control in the Greater Lehigh Valley, PA area

Bluegrass billbug larvae attack your grass from June through August, eating different parts of it as they mature.

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We offer bluegrass billbug control for Allentown, Bethlehem, and surrounding Pennsylvania communities.

These larvae will target all types of cool-season grasses in our area.

Billbug crawling across a plant near Bethlehem, PA.

Despite their name, bluegrass billbugs are actually known to target several types of cool-season grasses, not just Kentucky bluegrass. This makes them a common problem in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, as they are known to feed on all parts of the grass as they grow.

We offer bluegrass billbug control for residential, commercial, and HOA properties in Allentown, Bethlehem, Emmaus and surrounding communities in Pennsylvania.


How Bluegrass Billbugs Devour Your Lawn

To understand the devastating damage these insects can do to your lawn, you first need to know how they develop. These pests begin as larvae, but cause damage as adults, too.

First and second stage larvae will actually eat the inside of the grass stem as they make their way down to the layer of thatch in your lawn. Once there, they will devour the roots of the grass. At that point, they will go into the soil where they become pupae and eventially emerge as adult billbugs. At this point, they continue feasting on the grass until it becomes too cold for them and they hide in the thatch and top layer of soil.


Signs of Bluegrass Billbugs & When They Cause the Most Damage

Billbug in Emmaus, PA eating annual flower plants.

Billbugs lay their eggs starting in April and into June. A few weeks later, the larvae emerge to feed. You may see damage about 14 days after the eggs are laid and the larvae start eating. The damage will show up as spotty, light brown areas in the lawn, and if you have a lot of billbugs, you could end up with a completely dead lawn. Other signs include:

  • The presence of "frass," which shows up near the part of the grass where the larvae will leave to go pupate. Frass is white and resembles sawdust.
  • Visibly seeing adult billbugs walking across sidewalks and driveways

Since adult billbugs are only about 3/8" in length, they may be hard to spot.


How to Control Bluegrass Billbugs in Your Lawn

No matter what type of grass you have, such as fescue, ryegrass, bentgrass, or Kentucky bluegrass, these insects will destroy it without proper treatment. As always, the ideal way to control billbugs and other lawn insects is by implementing a proper lawn care routine that will give the grass key nutrients and fortify it against insects. If the infestation is bad, though, our company will then recommend an application of insecticide to eliminate them.


Experiencing problems with bluegrass billbugs on your property? Our lawn care professionals can help.

Throughout Bethlehem, Allentown, Emmaus, and neighboring areas of Pennsylvania, our lawn care professionals advise property owners on the best ways to control bluegrass billbugs. If you are experiencing problems at your commercial, residential, or HOA property, then we are ready to help you. Call us today at (484) 452-3595 to set up a consultation.