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As garden pests go, the hatred that gardeners have for vine weevils is right up there along with slugs and aphids. But it’s not just the amount damage they cause that is the problem, it's the sneaky way they go about it.
The adult vine weevil – in between making a significant number of unsightly, irregular notches in the sides of your plants leaves - lays their eggs in the soil at the base of their preferred plants. That way, the newly hatched larvae can munch their way through the root system - completely unnoticed - until your plant topples over in an unrecoverable heap.
Unfortunately, not only is this often the first symptom you'll come across, it is usually far too late to do anything about it.
If that wasn't enough to worry about, vine weevil larvae will also bore into the tubers, and succulent stem bases of herbaceous plants and - if left uncontrolled - can cause absolute devastation through beloved herbaceous borders.
|Vine weevil larvae - Image credit gardenerscorner.co.uk|
They are also notoriously difficult to find - even if you do find characteristic bite marks on leaf margins - because the adults are nocturnal, only feeding at night. With container grown stock you can search for their stout, creamy white with brown head larvae by removing rootballs from their pots for inspection. But just because you didn’t see any of these grubs one week, it doesn’t mean that they won’t be there the next.
|Typical vine weevil damage|
In almost all cases the plants will show at least some of the characteristic notching in the leaf margins.
PLANTS COMMONLY AFFECTED
Vines - obviously
Euonymous – evergreen species
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ORGANIC CONTROL OF VINE WEEVILS
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