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2017 European Chafer City Subsidy Program
Posted On:
April 12, 2017

Limited Quantities Remain - Don't Delay in Getting Yours

Subsidy Program

The City is offering a 50% discount on the purchase of nematode packages. New Westminster residents are entitled, on a FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE basis to pre-purchase a maximum of two nematode packages. There are 250 nematodes packages available in this subsidy program.

You may pre-purchase more nematode packages as desired at full price.

Pre-Purchase Process

Starting April 13, 2017, you can pre-purchase your subsidies or full price nematode packages through the GardenWorks at Mandeville and GardenWorks at Lougheed Burnaby.

Payment is required at the time of purchase and NO refunds are offered. For subsidized sales, proof of New Westminster residency (i.e. utility bill, credit card statement, etc. issued within the past three months) and government issued photo identification is also required.

Nematodes require proper storage and need to be applied soon after purchasing. This requires a pre-purchase system to ensure the viability of the nematodes. You will be contacted by the seller once the nematodes are available for pickup.

What are Nematodes?

Nematodes are a biological control agent that help eliminate the European Chafer Grub. The following links provide addition Chafer and nematode information and a video.

Follow the directions on the nematode package for proper application.

Lawn Sprinkling Regulations

Nematodes require regular sprinkling to help them travel to the Chafer Grubs below the lawn surface. Depending on the status of water restrictions, sprinkling may be restricted or prohibited when you need to apply and water the nematodes. 

To ensure you have lawn sprinkling permission, without incurring a Water Shortage Response Bylaw No. 6948, 2004 fine, you can apply to the City's Engineering Department, with your nematode proof of purchase, for a lawn sprinkling permit to allow predefined sprinkling allowances.