Gluttonous grub is causing heartbreak
A disabled woman from Mildenhall has found sections of her beloved back garden eaten away by a gluttonous grub.
Patrica Heffer returned to her Campbell Close home last week and discovered her grass had been invaded.
She said: “My son went outside and said something had dug up some of my lawn.
“Not knowing what it was we checked on the internet and couldn’t believe what we saw.”
They found out the vandal was in fact the grub of the Chafer Beetle, soil-dwelling larvae that feed on decaying plant material and plant roots.
One of Ms Heffer’s main problems is they have become a delicacy for other animals.
She said: “I have birds in the garden all the time now pecking around and hedgehogs every night digging too, as soon as they get a whiff of the grubs they are all over my grass.”
The Royal Horticultural Society website says though there are no chemical controls for chafer grubs, people can buy microscopic worms which will infect the larvae with a fatal bacterial disease.
Ms Heffer however is taking more direct action.
“After I lost my husband, my garden means everything to me, I have shed so many tears over that piece of grass.
“I’m going to get the turf dug up and replaced by stones, I won’t go through this again, it is heartbreaking,” she said.