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Chafer Beetle DamageUgh… Chafer Beetles. The fear of many a Lower Mainland gardener. Perhaps you have witnessed first hand the devastation these pests can wreak on lawns. Perhaps you’ve merely wondered why your neighbours grass looks like it’s been ripped out by the root in tufts. Chafer beetle larvae are irresistible to birds, raccoons and skunks, and if these larvae live under your lawn, the birds and animals will tear it apart to get at these tasty treats.

The most effective control against chafer larvae is the midsummer application of “nematodes”, a roundworm that eats the chafer beetle larvae. However, for nematodes to work properly in your lawn, they need to be watered regularly for at least two weeks. Fortunately, many Lower Mainland municipalities will allow watering restriction exemptions to properties during the application of nematodes, if you purchase a permit, so that you can keep those little nematode guys well-watered while they have their chafer beetle larvae feast. These municipalities include Vancouver, Coquitlam, Surrey and Richmond. You can find out more by consulting your local municipality’s website, asking your lawn maintenance company, or inquiring where you purchase your nematodes.

An Ounce of Prevention

We don’t offer nematode treatment at University Sprinklers. However, the best defense against the dreaded chafer beetle is a regularly watered healthy lawn, and we certainly can help you with that!

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