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Beetles eating too much grass in Augusta

At least 25 acres of the city's 154 acres of "grassy" areas have been eaten by beetle grubs. (WGME)

AUGUSTA (WGME) – Some pesky insects are leaving many parts of Augusta grassless.

At least 25 acres of the city's 154 acres of "grassy" areas have been eaten by beetle grubs.

The grubs, which are a type of beetle, are in the soil and eat the roots of the grass. That kills the plant, leaving bare soil.

Experts say they haven't seen an infestation like this in more than 35 years, and the city may have to use insecticides to control the problem, and even that will take time.

"My understanding is that it's usually a two-year plan to get things back to where you would like it, then you continue with a prevention program thereafter," Director of Community Services Leif Dahlin said.

The city council will have to make the decision about whether to use insecticides.

It could cost as much as $100,000 to solve the problem.

Cemeteries, parks, rotaries and even private properties have been affected.

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