With spring in the air and the cherry blossom trees already blooming, Vancouverites are basking in the warmer, sunnier weather after months of rain. Although the April showers yet to start, Vancouver’s picturesque landscape has already begun to bloom.
Stanley Park, one of Vancouver’s most iconic landmarks, has had to deal with another spring arrival, the chafer beetle. In an interview with the CBC, Brian Quinn, the manager of parks operations for the Vancouver Park Board, “We’ve really only noticed it at the entrance to the park off of Georgia Street so far, but I’m sure we’ll see it spread into the park this summer.”
The chafer beetle larvae live beneath your lawn turf and become a tasty snack for raccoons, skunks and other animals that tear up your lawn and can cause extensive damage in the spring and summer months.
So how can you get rid of chafer beetles? Watering your grass consistently and keeping the soil well hydrated helps with nematode application which is the most effective way of getting rid of these pests. The nematode is a small worm that eats the chafer beetle larvae, essentially keeping them from multiplying. Keeping your grass slightly longer also helps to keep the chafer beetles out.
For more tips on how to save your lawn from chafer beetles, check out how Bur-Han helps clients across the Greater Vancouver area with nematode application.