Beat­ing the vine wee­vils

Amateur Gardening - - Your Gardening Week -

Vine wee­vils dev­as­tate con­tainer plants us­ing a twopronged ap­proach.

The adults, which are ac­tive now and in sum­mer, chomp notches out of fo­liage, while the white lar­vae eat roots from sum­mer through to spring.

This pest can be treated us­ing a chem­i­cal soil drench (un­suit­able for ed­i­bles or bor­der­grown or­na­men­tals) or a bi­o­log­i­cal ne­ma­tode in late sum­mer and au­tumn when it is warmer.

Al­ter­na­tively, pick adults off leaves on warm evenings, trap them us­ing sticky bar­ri­ers and en­cour­age nat­u­ral preda­tors, in­clud­ing frogs, ground bee­tles and hedge­hogs.

Adult vine wee­vils will be get­ting ac­tive now

Vine wee­vil lar­vae eat roots, killing plants

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