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Vine weevils?

Good afternoon, 
Over the winter I’ve dug up an old lawn. (Well not much of a lawn, it didn’t have a lot of grass in it, more weeds). And I am planning on laying a new lawn in the next few weeks. I’ve been digging over the area recently and found a couple of these grubs. Could anyone advise if they are vine weevils? Or if not what they are?
And if they are anything damaging anyway of getting rid of them? I’m guessing they will need to be gone before I lay any new lawn?
Any advise is greatly appreciated


  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,617
    They are more likely to be chafer grubs which often live in the soil under the lawns. Starlings are particularly fond of them as are badgers also I believe. I think you can get a specific pesticide for them or nemotodes so ask at your local garden centre or google for more information.
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Ok, thank you very much for the help. I’ve searched them and your right they do look more like them. Thank you
  • BorderlineBorderline Posts: 4,700
    That looks like a Chafer Grub to me. You see them here and there when turning soils over, especially undisturbed soils. They do feed on grass roots and plant roots but generally, not really a problem unless you have them concentrated near the top layers of soil. Your grass may start to yellow and you see birds pecking at the lawn to get to them.

    The key is to maintain your lawn well. Feed it and aerate the lawn along with re-seeding any bare patches. If you see them, leave them out for the birds.
  • Brilliant, thank you for all the advice
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