What to do about chafer beetle

Symptoms

Our “gogga” of the month for November is the chafer beetle, which usually leave a sticky, silvery slime trail left on plants, soil and stems. Sometimes you’ll even see holes in leaves and young plant shoots eaten

What does this mean for me/my plants?

The leaves will battle to photosynthesise, thus flowering is slower than usual. The beetles will eventually move on and the plant will recover. Recovery will be quicker if plants are treated.

Suggested Action

Treat with a contact insecticide (liquid or granular). Work into the top layer of the soil around the plants, as these beetles burrow in the ground during the day and come out at night. Visit your local GCA garden centre for advice on the best solution for you!

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