Many Port Moody residents have been frustrated living with Chafer Beetle infested lawns. The Chafer Beetle is an invasive insect whose larvae hatch underground, feed on fibrous grass roots, and damage the turfgrass plant. Crows, racoons and other predators will dig up and eat these larvae, causing further damage to your lawn.
To avoid being bugged by Chafer Beetles, your best defence is to keep your lawn healthy all year round. However, if crows and raccoons have already turned your lawn upside down, there’s a good chance that you already have a Chafer Beetle infestation.
The use of chemical insecticides are restricted under the City’s Pesticide Use Control Bylaw. Biological control options are available. Nematode treatments can be applied to Chafer Beetle-infested lawns in the summer. Nematodes are tiny worms that live in the soil, and can kill Chafer Beetle larvae without harming plants, people, or pets.
Traditional lawns can be more susceptible to Chafer Beetle infestation. Consider replacing grassed areas with non-turf alternatives, such as micro clover or other alternative ground covers that can also increase backyard biodiversity and improve water conservation.
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How to maintain a healthy lawn
How apply a Nematode treatment
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