Wet conditions yesterday gave some much needed rain to dry lawns across Metro Vancouver, but it may be too late for homeowners fighting chafer beetle infestations.
Many owners have tried using nematodes to help kill chafer beetles, but need cool, moist ground to stay alive.
Lawn care specialist Steve Saunders says the time to terminate the pests may have already come and gone.
“With these watering restrictions and a complete ban on any lawn watering, it’s completely futile to use them. It requires quite a bit of water to keep them alive.”
Saunders with Cutting Edge Vancouver says nematodes need a wet environment to stay alive.
“I mean it would be virtually impossible to keep the nematodes alive to do their job and search out the chafer larva without water.”
Chafer beetles are notorious for destroying lawns and while last year was a particularly bad one for infestations, Saunders says this year could be even worse.