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Last Updated: 17/07/2023
These are the soil-dwelling larvae of Chafer beetles, which feed on grass plant roots. The damage that these pests cause is similar to that of Leatherjackets, but far more extreme.
When an area of turf is infested with Chafer Grubs, birds and large animals such as badgers start to attack the area in an attempt to eat the grubs.
In extreme cases, significant damage can be caused in just a few days.
How To Identify Chafer Grubs
Chafer Grubs reach maturity between autumn and winter. Therefore, this is when the damage is more obvious. Areas of the grass will become yellow, and the turf can easily be pulled back by hand as Chafer Grubs have already fed on some of the grass roots.
Chafer Grubs can be treated with specific products. However, multiple treatments may be required as the products can take a little longer to be completely effective when compared to Leatherjacket treatments.
If you think that your lawn may have chafer grubs, you should contact your local Lawn Master outlet as soon as possible.
Paul is a qualified turf professional with over 10 years of experience. Before joining Lawn Master, Paul worked as a Greenkeeper at numerous golf courses. Paul is based in Leicester and offers lawn care services in Leicester & Market Harborough.