We have had minimal grub activity in our area.... but that is about to change as our pest scouting has identified many European Chafer beetles.
Theses beetles are here laying their eggs; which will hatch into grubs that will feed on our turf roots. The grubs harm the turf but skunks and raccoons do even more damage as they dig up the turf to eat the grubs.
Looks like additional control measures are in our future here at the Marquette Golf Club.... scouting will always be a part of our preventative IPM program.
European Chafer crawling on our turf.
Japanese Beetles have also been identified in large numbers the last few weeks. The grubs of these beetles are not as large as European Chafer grubs but cause just as much damage. We have identified potential problem areas and we will be treating the land in those areas soon.
While grubs feed on thatch and turf roots it is skunks and raccoons that do the most of the damage as they feed on the grubs below.
Pictured below is activity already scouted on the Heritage course. It is evident that these new pests will have to be managed from this year forward on all maintained surfaces. Budget increases will have to take place to make room for this added management of our surfaces.