Chafer Grubs & Leatherjackets

Chafer Grubs and Leatherjackets can mean trouble

During the months of September and October, Chafer grubs and Leatherjackets are at large around the UK. Usually, the only way to get rid of them is to get in your local lawn care expert.

What on earth are Chafer Grubs and Leatherjackets you may ask. Have a read below to find out.

Chase away the Chafer grubs

Chafer grubs are the larvae of Chafer beetles and these soil-dwelling grubs feed on either, decaying plant material or plant roots, including grass. The type of species depends on what they feed on, the garden chafer bug (Phyllopertha horticola) are our main nemesis, as this species feeds specifically on grassroots.

Here are some tips to help you know if you have an infestation of chafer grubs:

–    Patches of your lawn may go a yellowish colour

–    The infestations are usually localised and scattered.

–    Birds will be pecking at your lawn, especially members of the crow family, such as crows, magpies and jays

–    Badgers and foxes love to get their paws on these juicy bugs, so dig up the lawn to get to them

If you can see any of these happening to your lawn in the above list, then call your local TruGreen expert as soon as you can. Our local expert will come out and inspect your lawn, then treat if needed and repair the area that has been infected.

Leatherjackets are out of fashion


When someone asks you what a Leatherjacket is, most of you will think of going to your local River Island and buying one! The Leatherjackets that infect lawns are quite different!

Leatherjackets (Tipula spp.) are the larvae of Crane flies (aka Daddy Long Legs) and again feed on certain areas of your garden, including your precious lawn.

The tips to know if you have Leatherjackets eating your lawn are pretty much the same as a Chafer grub. One extra tip to check for Leatherjackets is to soak a patch that you may think is infected with water and then place an opaque object over the soaked patch, in order to stop the light getting through. If you leave this overnight and check in the morning, if your garden is infected, there will be leatherjackets on the surface.

If you believe you have Leatherjackets on your lawn, call your local TruGreen expert today and we will treat where necessarily and again repair the infected area.

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