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European Chafer

Author(s) R. Chris Williamson, Annie Deutsch

A serious insect pest of turfgrass, the European chafer beetle was first reported in Door County, Wisconsin in 2016. European chafer grubs voraciously feed on turfgrass roots and cause thinning, wilting, and irregular patches of turf that can easily be pulled back or rolled up from the soil. Scavenging animals cause additional turf damage as they dig to feed on grubs.

This four-page fact sheet details the life cycle of the European chafer and offers insecticide recommendations for grub control.

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