4 responses to “Why Are Crows Ruining My Lawn! (a.k.a. Living with European Chafer Beetle in Vancouver)”

  1. Garden Communications

    Hi Toni, apologies for the late response! According to our Associate Director of Horticulture and Collections, the adults don’t eat anything. They appear to emerge, fly, mate and die, all in quick succession.

  2. Garden Communications

    Hi Karen,

    Thank you for your inquiry. We would encourage you to post your question to our Garden Forums (https://forums.botanicalgarden.ubc.ca/) where our horticulturalists and garden enthusiasts are actively discussing similar topic. They will be able to help you.

  3. Karen Adamson

    My back lawn is already totally destroyed by raccoons/crows, it looks like it has been tilled. This was new turf last summer so perhaps not hearty enough to survive the beetles.

    I’m not sure what to do now. Should we remove all the ‘chewed-up’ grass/turf and start from square one or just top dress/re-seed?



  4. Toni Reineke

    Thank you!

    A question: What do the adult beetles eat? That is, do they damage the trees or shrubs they mate in?

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