When it comes right down to it, being able to first identify that there is a root-chewing insect problem, is one of the most frustratingly immanent issues of the summer lawn! The sad fact about two midwestern and northeastern U.S. species, Japanese beetles (Popillia japonica) and European Chafer beetles (Rhizotrogus majalis), is that these buggers reside and destroy under the surface of your turf! By the time you have noticed the dead and dying grass blades, it is often too late to save that area of the lawn.
In Illinois, it is the European Chafer beetles that dine and wreck havoc on the many types of turfs in our fair state. These unwanted imports came in during the 1940’s and have caused millions of dollars of turf damage since their arrival.