Identification

  • Black beetle
  • Hard, dome-shaped shell
  • About 13mm in length

Environment

  • Hibernate during winter months in soil
  • Most commonly seen in early warm months, March and April

Threats

  • Most prevalent in Southern states
  • Feed on corn, rice, sugarcane, cotton, and strawberry crops
  • Cause crop damage by chewing on the plants’ outer walls beneath the soil

Treatment

  • Call a pest control professional

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