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Lawn-destroying beetle found in Minneapolis for the 1st time

Very on-brand for 2020.

It ain't the murder hornet, but it's another bug that is know to be a major pain in the butt and it has been found in Minnesota. 

According to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), the European chafer beetle – more common in the northeast U.S. – has been found for the first time within our borders and it can cause big-time damage to turf grass. 

The critters were recently found at a residence in south Minneapolis, with the homeowner finding "large swarms of beetles in their yard at dusk." 

These beetles are bad news for lawns, golf courses and turf growers. The MDA says the European chafer beetle's grubs can inflict more damage to turf than Japanese beetles because it spends more time in the summer feeding on turf. 

The good news, however, is that the chafer beetle doesn't do damage to other plants the way Japanese beetles do. 

How do you know if the chafer beetle on in your lawn? Look for beetles that are about a half-inch long and tannish in color. They look similar to "June bugs" but are slightly smaller on average and lighter in color. You're most likely to find them on warm evenings just before and after sunset. 

The grub of the European chafer can get up to 1-inch in length with a dark brown head and "noticeable legs," the MDA said. 

The MDA wants Minnesotans who may think they've got a beetle problem to contact call 1-888-545-6684, or email a picture of the beetle to arrest.the.pest@state.mn.us.

It's also helpful if you can capture the beetle, put it in a plastic bag or container and keep it in the freezer in case the MDA wants to analyze it. 

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