Chafer Beetle Vancouver

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Chafer Beetle Vancouver 2019-07-10T10:08:41+00:00

IMPORTANT VANCOUVER CHAFER BEETLE TREATMENT UPDATE:

VANCOUVER NEMATODE APPLICATION: NOW OBSOLETE

This year we will be switching over from Nematodes to a new superior product called Grub Gone. Previously the only natural form of defence was a Nematode Application which were only 60% effective against the chafer beetle. Grub Gone was just approved for use in Vancouver BC in January of 2019 with an effectiveness rate that is expected to be closer to 90%!!! Most importantly, this product is completely safe for kids, pets, pollinators and aquatics.

What is Grub Gone?!

GrubGONE! is the first Bacillus thuringiensis galleriae (Btg) bio-insecticide to control turf grubs at a level that is equivalent to chemical standards but without the nasty side effects or off-target damage to beneficial insects, (such as bees and other pollinators). Unlike Nematodes, GrubGONE! is effective against 1st, 2nd & 3rd instar pests and therefore can be used as a curative treatment as well as a preventative one.

Effectiveness:

This is an organic application, and as such will not be 100% guaranteed in completely killing all of the grubs in your lawn. However, unlike Nematodes which only has a 60% success rate the first season and can only be applied in a 3 week window in the summer, GrubGONE! is closer to 90% and can be applied more frequently.

Watering Instructions:

GrubGONE! only requires one watering within a 72 hour window after the application has been completed in order to activate the product and achieve best results. No more will you need to water your lawn for a period of two weeks in order for it to work!

The Lifespan of a Chafer Beetle

The European Chafer Beetle originated in continental Europe but can now be found in temperate climates across North America. The life cycle of the Chafer Beetle lasts one year with new eggs hatching in July pending weather conditions. New grubs then begin to feed on grass roots & damage to turf may start to become visible in brown, dying patches of grass. August – September grubs feed on the roots of turf and October – December grubs will continue to grow as they feed. They will remain within 5cm of the ground surface and predators may cause turf damage at this time as they dig up the grubs for food.

January – March the grubs will still continue to grow as thy feed and damage will continue. April – June is when the grubs will have grown into beetles. These beetles will then fly into the trees to mate and feed.

Females begin to deposit their eggs (up to 50 per female) back into the soil. There will be minimal damage at this time as the first instar of grubs hatch and start to feed on grass roots and the cycle just begins again.

Chafer Treatment:

The best form of defence against the Chafer Beetle is to maintain a healthy lawn. This can be done by following the below steps:

  1. Lawn Cutting Height – cutting at a proper height of 2.5-3” on a weekly schedule will promote deeper root growth, making the turf more resistant to both the grubs feeding on the roots & the animals pulling it back.
  2. Lawn Fertilization – regular fertilization of your lawn will ensure that it receives all the proper nutrients it needs throughout the season – along with other applications such as Aeration, Limestone, Moss Etc.
  3. Lawn Irrigation – regular deep watering (2 times a week with 1-2 inches of water) will train the grass roots to grow deeper which helps the turf to become more resistant to attacks.
  4. Doing a GRUB GONE application every season will help protect your lawn from further damage. This product is organic but is still expected to be around 90% effective so if done along with healthy maintenance, this will yield the best results.

If you have a serious Chafer Beetle infestation most of the turf damage will typically be caused by birds and animals such as raccoons or skunks digging up the chafer beetle grubs. The more compromised the root system of the lawn from the Chafer Beetles feeding on the roots, the easier these damaged areas will lift off by animals looking for food. Damage by animals is most severe in the Fall & Spring as this is when the grubs are rapidly increasing in size and feeding nearer to the surface. Every chafer beetle grub that gets eaten is one less beetle to lay another 50+ eggs come summer. The reason it is so easy for animals to roll back or destroy parts of the turf is due to the root system being compromised by the beetles themselves feeding on the turf roots. While you may wish to put down mesh or fencing in order to keep the lawn in place, if the roots have been eaten from within – you will still run into troubles come spring.

Give our office a call if you are struggling to repair chafer damaged lawns as our team can offer suggestions & recommendations.

CONTACT US TODAY FOR A FREE ESTIMATE BASED ON THE SIZE OF YOUR LAWN!!

Chemical Control:

In British Columbia the use of insecticides (such as Merit or Acelepryn) are completely prohibited for residential use. These products are not environmentally friendly & can be unsafe for kids, pets, as well as toxic to aquatics & beneficial insects such as bees and other pollinators.

That is why here at BUR-HAN Garden & Lawn Care we are proud to be able to offer you only natural products as forms of defence to keep your kids, pets & the environment safe.

Contact Us:

Fill out the form below or give us a call at (604)-983-2687 if you would like a free estimate or have any additional questions as our team would be happy to help!