May 22, 2014 Return to Headlines

Protect Your Lawn from Chafer Beetle

by GS GS |

COQUITLAM, BC, Thursday, May 22 – If your lawn looks damaged or is being dug up by birds and raccoons, you may have a European Chafer beetle infestation. It’s important to start thinking now about treating your lawn for Chafer beetle this summer.

The Chafer beetle is a non-native invasive pest that feeds on grass roots resulting in dead patches of grass on your lawn. The Chafer beetle larvae (also known as grubs) are also a delicious treat for birds, skunks, raccoons and other predators that will dig up your lawn to feed on the grubs in the underlying soil.

Chafer beetle grubs are smaller than a dime, have brown heads and white C-shaped bodies.  To verify an infestation, cut out a square patch of lawn 5 cm deep. You will be able to see the grubs in the soil if they are present.

The best way to control a Chafer beetle infestation is by applying a nematode treatment on your damaged lawn in late July. 

These live parasitic nematodes can be pre-ordered or purchased from your local garden centre. It is important to follow the product’s application instructions and to practice proper lawn care to ensure success in controlling Chafer beetles. 

Because the treated soil must be moist before, during and after the nematode application, the City of Coquitlam is offering water exemption permits free of charge starting on July 15 and ending on August 15. 

Coquitlam residents must apply in person at Engineering Customer Service at City Hall (3000 Guildford Way). Applicants must bring proof of purchase of the nematode product – either a receipt for the purchase or an invoice from a company to the applicant’s address showing the nematode treatment service.

Companies may also apply for nematode permits on behalf of multiple properties, provided that advanced notice is given. 

For more information on the European Chafer beetle and on how to apply for a Water Exemption Permit from the City of Coquitlam, please visit www.coquitlam.ca/h2o or call Engineering Customer Service at 604-927-3500.


Media Contact: 
Tracy Kyle, P. Eng.
A/Manager, Environmental Services Division