Do you have crows, skunks or raccoons digging up your lawn?
If so, you may have a European Chafer beetle infestation, and it’s costing the Vancouver Park Board a bundle to deal with it.
The European Chafer beetle, also referred to as grubs, is a serious pest first identified in the Lower Mainland in 2001.
It has since spread to many Metro Vancouver municipalities causing considerable damage to lawns.
Brian Quinn with the Vancouver Park Board says playing fields are taking a big hit.
“We currently have two fields that we’re going to be closing completely for a minimum of six months to renovate them, because of the damage caused by the birds pulling the grass up, we have several other fields that have significant damage.”
Quinn says to renovate just one field costs about $15,000.
If you think have a Chafer beetle problem with your own lawn, you can get more information on the City of Vancouver website.