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Chafer Bugs
Chafer Bug larvae can cause devastating damage to lawns. Some of the damage is caused by the grubs chewing at the roots of the grass, but much of it is caused by birds and animals scratching away at the soil searching for the juicy grubs.

Common Chafer Grubs are white grubs with a brown head, (see lower picture), not unlike Vine Weevil grubs but with distinct pairs of legs at the front end. Common chafer grubs only reach 20mm in length. They are about the thickness of a matchstick. If you see something twice this length it is probably a cock chafer. Cock chafer are not susceptible to biological treatment being tougher, and having a longer life cycle. However it is the common chafer which is the one commonly found in lawns.

Chafer Grub larvae hatch out to become flying beetles - sometimes called May Bugs because they typically emerge in mid May. Chafer Grub adults lay eggs in June which turn into more Chafer Grubs in July to eat grass roots until October. Then Chafer Grubs dig deeper into the soil over winter until May before Chafer Grub surface to fly, mate and lay eggs again.

Chafer Control
Falcon Pest Control use biological methods which do not harm animals and birds to control chafer grubs.

The best time for treatment is August to September, when the freshly hatched grubs are present and are in the top few centimetres of the turf, before they descend to  greater depths to hibernate for winter.  

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