Spenophorus brunnipennis

Billbug

Other common names:

Immature billbug (La Plata Weevil).

 

Description:

The billbug are soil dwelling insects that can cause severe damage to the turfgrass. The adult beetle has a distinct bill or snout which can be approximately 10 mm long. The larva or grub which causes the most damage, is legless and grows to about 10 mm in length, is white with a yellowish brown head (Short et al. 1995). The larva or grub feed on the grass roots.

 

Susceptible Turf:

Warm-and cool-season turf grass varieties.

 

Control options:

  • Pesticides: See available tabs below for registered products. Use as per label instructions.
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM): Use a combination of approaches listed on this page.
  • Cultural: Nil.
  • Mechanical: Nil.

 

References:

Short, D. E., Black, R. J. and McCarty, L. M. (1995). Management of Insects in Lawns, Circular 427 , one of a series of the Entomology and Nematology Department, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. This information is included in the Florida Lawn Handbook, SP-45. For a copy of this handbook, request information on its purchase at your county extension office. First printed: June 1990. Revised: January 1995. Please visit the EDIS Website at http:/edis.ifas.ufl.edu.

 

Disclaimer:

Turf Finder or its developer accepts with no responsibility for any consequences whatsoever resulting from the use of any information or product(s) listed herein. Products are to be applied as per label instructions.

Control Options

Acelepryn

 

Surefire Fivestar

 

EnviroMax

 

Acelepryn GR

 

Acelepryn

 

Surefire Fivestar

 

EnviroMax

 

Acelepryn GR