26th Mar 2021
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.
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.
Chafer Grubs can be treated with specific products, but the products can take a little longer to be completely effective when compared to Leatherjacket treatments.