Garden Chafer trap aims to tackle beetle damage to turf

A new trap is being launched to snare one of the most common and damaging types of pests to turf and grass, the garden chafer beetle.

Oecos said its contraption for adult garden chafer beetles, Phyllopertha horticola, aimed to stop damage caused by the larvae feeding on grass roots.

"Significant secondary damage is also caused when birds and badgers did up grass areas to feed on the larvae," said a representative for Oecos.

"The new Garden Chafer trap will provide an early warning system to the presence of this pest. Adult chafer beetles are attracted to the trap by a powerful pheromone."

Yellow vanes on top of the trap lured the beetles into the funnel trap, set up in May and June, when the beetles were emerging from the soil, he said.

Natural pest control consultant Julian Ives said: "This is useful for judging if chafer beetles are present and when to apply nematodes for controlling the larval stage."

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