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Chafer Beetle Lawn Treatment & Repair

 

Is your lawn being ripped and ravaged by neighborhood pests? You may have Chafer beetle larvae in your lawn, and you are not alone. Chafer Beetles are a common problem in neighborhoods all across the Lower Mainland. They were first discovered in 2001 and have since migrated through the regions.

 

The European Chafer Beetle is a common, invasive pest in BC. They measure approximately 1.5 cm long and are brown or tan in color. The mature beetles do not sting or bite and have quite a short life span. The problem is the grubs (their larvae) which hide in the soil just beneath the surface of your lawn. Not only are the larvae the perfect snack for critters to dig for, but they also feed on the roots of your grass in turn causing noticeable brown, dead patches and visible damage to what was once a healthy, thriving lawn.

 

Mr. Lawn has a solution!

 

The best defense against European Chafer is quality lawn maintenance. However, if the beetles have already caused irreversible damage, we also offer quality, affordable lawn removal and replacement with the option of Chafer Beetle Resistant Turf.

 

Top Questions We Receive About Chafer Beetles

 

Q .If I replace my lawn, how do I know the beetles wont just come back?
A. Upon completion of your lawn, we give detailed instructions on how to maintain your lawn from then on.

 

Q. Is simply “better” lawn maintenance the answer to prevent these chafer beetles from coming back?
A. In a nutshell, Yes, Better lawn maintenance is the answer. To put it in perspective, we build lawns all over the lower mainland and have seen complete neighborhoods destroyed by pests searching for these grubs in the soil. However, in every neighborhood there are obviously schools and the city’s school fields are NOT destroyed. Why is this? Its because school fields are MAINTAINED. School boards are:

 

  • Aerating on an annual basis
  • Fertilizing on an annual basis
  • Grass fields are irrigated
  • Regular cutting schedule

 

These are just a few of the maintenance items that school boards have been doing for years which in turn keeps lawn roots strong. This tells us there is a solution.

 

Q. Should I apply nematodes to my lawn?
A. We have had mixed results from meeting customers who have had this service done. The majority of their experiences have been negative and that’s when we got the call to help. We do not apply nematodes and wont be doing so in the future. We have heard that some cities offer nematodes for free with purchase of a watering permit. This is also a time sensitive event, leaving you to wait to repair your unsightly lawn.

 

  • Aerate your lawn regularly in Spring or Fall
  • Fertilize and overseed your turf to encourage a healthy, dense lawn
  • Mow grass between 2.5”-3” cm. Longer blades of grass encourage deeper, healthier rooting and a less ideal environment for beetles, grubs and weeds.
  • Mulch grass clippings on lawn to act as a natural fertilizer and retain moisture in soil. Do this if you are cutting on a regular basis.
  • Lime in early Spring or Fall

 

Aside from just standard lawn removal and replacements, we have numerous tips and tricks when installing our lawns to further rid of chafer larvae and prevent them from coming back. We kindly ask that you call us for these details.

 

Call 604-467-5296 for more information, or request a quote.

 

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