What are Chafer Grubs?


Chafer Grubs (Phyllopertha horticola and Hopia philanthus) are the larvae of the Chafer Beetle or commonly known May bug. The larvae are fairly easy to identify, their bodies are white in colour and curved like the letter C. There are 2 main types, the Welsh Chafer has a brown head and the Common Chafer has a reddish head. Both have 3 pairs of legs at the top of their body – not exactly the kind of treat you want to find in your garden, making pest prevention key to keeping your garden happy.

Towards the end of May adult beetles emerge from the soil. They will then lay their eggs into lawns and other grassed areas. After about two weeks the larvae will hatch and start to feed on the lawns’ root system. They will move deeper into the soil over the winter period and then the serious damage starts to take effect during the Spring and Summer months.

A disaster waiting to happen for your lawn!Chafer Grubs can destroy your lawn


An infestation of Chafer Grubs can be recognised by the increase of birds and wild animals using your lawn as a feeding ground, causing damage to your lawn’s surface.

What damage will be caused to my lawn?

The most serious damage is caused when local wildlife, such as Badgers, foxes and hedgehogs as well as birds see your lawn as a highly nutritious and protein rich food source because of the larvae in the grass. This may continue right through the Autumn months, stopping only during the cold weather, but will restart again in the Spring time as the Grubs will move back to the surface.

To test if your lawn’s root system has been attacked by these larvae, you can simply tug at the grass and if it moves away easily from the soil you can be sure that the roots have been eaten away. Your entire lawn is in danger of being destroyed in a very short period of time.

We are seeing a substantial increase of Chafer Grub infestations in lawns due to the insecticides that were previously used to control these Grubs have been discontinued and are no longer authorised for use. A great professional lawn care company will only use licenced and up to date insecticides when treating your lawn.

Don’t underestimate the damage that can be caused by these nuisance Grubs. Typically a small lawn less than 100 metres can cost over £800.00 to repair!

What can be done to prevent my lawn being eaten?

The most effective way to prevent costly damage to your lawn is to apply a preventative treatment NOW! By the time you see the signs of infestation it is too late to prevent the initial stages of damage to your lawn and other grassed areas.

There is little or any benefit repairing and renovating any damage to your lawn until you have KILLED the larvae. As Chafer Grubs live in the soil for up to three years you can have more than one generation in the soil at any given time. Prevention is always better than cure. A great lawn care company will know how to deal with these lawn pests and will discuss the options available for you and your lawn.

When dealing with Chafer Grubs PREVENTION is always better than cure so once your lawn company has applied one Chafer Grub treatment, it will need repeat applications annually in the growing season especially if there are repeat outbreaks most common particularly in light sandy soil areas.

Don’t let Chafer Grubs eat your lawn contact us NOW and we will arrange for one of our lawn care professionals to visit your lawn and provide a FREE lawn review service. They will be able to identify any lawn pest issues you may have.


If you have Lawn Ants invading areas around your garden lawn and you are unsure how to deal with the infestation, you may very well turn to the internet to search for “How can I Kill Ants in my lawn” or “How to Remove Lawn Ants”. The search will no doubt provide you with a huge variety of sources. If you contact a lawn specialist who understands pest control you will be doing the right thing.

Any DIY attempts of getting rid of Lawn Ants are not as simple as you think and you may actually make the situation worse. By letting a lawn care professional take the hard work away and make sure that any insecticides are applied safely you will get the results you want.

A great lawn care company will understand lawn pest control. They will understand that to successfully kill Ants relies not only on the specific products used, but also in their correct placement and application. Lawn Ants live in colonies so it is important to inspect and understand this behaviour. When our professionals visit and review an Ant problem in a lawn, you will not find us simply spraying, baiting, and filling out an invoice. A full review of the situation will be carried out and we will discuss the solutions available to get rid of the Ant infestation you have.

Lawn AntsAn ant infestation in a lawn is very frustrating as they will ruin the appearance of the grass. Simple tasks such as mowing will become more difficult as nesting mounds or anthills make the lawn uneven and can sometimes damage your lawn mower’s metal blades. Carpenter ants will make unsightly trails over lawns as they will want to get from their main colony to any smaller colonies around your garden, mostly around sites containing wood such as sheds.

Your lawn and surrounding grass or plants will be destroyed by ant nests and their underground tunnelling. When we visit lawns with an ant infestation we see that the grass has turned yellow or brown, thinned out or disappeared completely around the nesting sites. Worker Ants want their trails to have clear pathways and this kills any grass in their way.

During the warmer months when lawns get drier they will be very attractive to ants wanting to nest. So, if you can keep your lawn watered when possible it will help to cut down on the ant population.

Even though Ants do not eat the grass, they will destroy it by disrupting nutrient absorption and protect other insects that do eat grass.

Lawn antsA colony of Ants, which can grow to the size of about 5,000 workers, will cause considerable damage to your lawn and will become quite a nuisance as they forage for food. Any attempts at disturbing an ant nest could result in the ants stinging and their sting can be very painful.

Once an Ant Colony moves into your garden lawn, it can be a real challenge to get rid of them. They will eat other insects, even bodies of other ants, nectar and sugary substances, all the while leaving a pheromone trail which lets other ants know where to get a meal.

Certain pests can be easy to get rid of, but ants are not one of them. Treating your lawn with a regular Pest Control Programme will continuously address nuisance ants and other pests.

Preventative treatments will make sure pest issues do not get out of hand.


If you are concerned about Ants and an infestation in your lawn, please let us help. Lawnscience professionals are fully trained in Ant Control and will help with Ants and other Pests that are causing you and your lawn problems. Contact us today for a FREE review of your lawn issues.