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Chafer Grubs

Chafer Grubs

Chafer grubs are creamy coloured and about 1.5 cm (0.6 inch) in length (but I have seen bigger). They have three pairs of legs, usually curled up into a 'C' shape and are found in the root systems of plants and lawns.

Chafer grub
Chafer Grub

Chafer beetles emerge from the lawn in May/June and lay their eggs in the ground in two weeks. The eggs hatch into grubs feeding on the grass roots in August and September before burrowing deep into the ground. They then lie dormant deep in the soil before moving to the surface in the spring to emerge as beetles again. If the chafer's life cycle is not broken re-infestation occurs and the problem gets progressively worse. Due to the Chafer grub's feeding habit, grass roots are severed leaving the turf easy to rip open by birds, foxes, badgers etc looking for a tasty meal!

The results can be very dramatic as the picture below shows...


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