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European Chafer Destroys Lawns in Vancouver

European Chafer in Vancouver from Michael Levenston on Vimeo.
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Lawns are being dug up all over the east side of Vancouver by birds and animals looking for the fat grubs of the European Chafer Beetle. Maria goes out to look at a boulevard where crows are having breakfast on someone’s no-longer-perfect lawn. She makes some suggestions for homeowners – they can use nematodes to help control the pest, or find an alternative to grass. How about vegetables?

Chafer Information:

City of Burnaby link.

City of New Westminster link.

UBC Botanical Garden Forum link.

Chafer Beetle: Defending your turf
Article by Steve Whysall, 2006-03 link.


1 Dylan Armour { 02.17.11 at 8:58 pm }

My back lawn is definitely infested with chafer beetles. i’m putting a raised bed garden in this spring in that area. i’ve heard that the larvae will start eating vegetable roots if they cannot find grass roots. is this true?

if so, should i put netting down, mulch…

thank you for such a wonderful site!

2 John { 01.09.12 at 4:45 pm }

You could always put in a new lawn?
BC Instant Lawns
Fraser Valley Turf Farms