Vine weevils attack a wide range of plants but they particularly favour primulas and polyanthus, cyclamen, fuchsias, strawberries and heucheras. Even if you don’t grow these plants, it’s worth placing several of them around the garden to act as an ‘early warning’ system.
Which plants are most susceptible to vine weevil?
Vine weevils are especially fond of camellias, euonymus and rhododendrons, though they will also feed on other shrubs and tough herbaceous plants like bergenias.
Can you save a plant from vine weevil?
Vine weevil control and treatment
Pick up the vine weevils, squash and bin them. Use a specially formulated vine weevil chemical control on ornamental plants in pots or containers. Spray the plants with a systemic and contact insecticide* at dusk on mild evenings.
What is the best way to get rid of vine weevil?
As they are living creatures you must release them as soon as you get them. Water them into soil or compost and they go to work burrowing into the soil and seek out the vine weevil larvae and destroy them before they get to the grub stage by infecting the grubs with a fatal bacteria-causing infection.
How do you know if you have vine weevil?
You may see the following symptoms: Adult weevils are approximately 9mm (about 5/16in) long and dull black with dirty yellow mark on the wing cases. They cause irregular-shaped notches of leaf margins during the summer. If damage is to privet it may have been caused by the Privet weevil, Otiorhynchus crataegi.
Does gravel stop vine weevil?
ANSWER: Placing gravel on the compost surface makes it more difficult for the vine weevils to lay eggs so it is worthwhile. If you place a 2cm layer of gravel on the surface in early April 2017 it should last a couple of years. Vine weevils lay eggs from May to early August.
What do vine weevils hate?
Which plants do vine weevils not like? Plants with fragrant leaves seem to be less frequently attacked by adult weevils. Plant Lavender, Lemon Balm, Geranium macrorrhizum, and Mint. They also seem less attracted to furry leaves such as those of Stachys byzantina.
Do vine weevils live in the soil?
Vine weevil is a common and widespread pest, primarily of pot plants, although plants growing in the ground can also be attacked. The most serious damage is caused by the larvae which live in the soil and eat roots, weakening growth and often ultimately killing plants.
Where do vine weevils go during the day?
Therefore, vine weevils cannot fly but can walk very well. They are strictly nocturnal; during the day they hide, and can often be found between the inside of a plant pot and its contents, under lumps of e, in vegetation and under planks etc.
Will weevils go away on their own?
Weevils inside homes
When weevils are found indoors, physically remove them with a vacuum or broom and dust pan. Pesticides are not effective or necessary. These weevils are harmless and temporary and will go away on their own.
What plants attract weevils?
Weevils often appear to be green with black patches when scales are missing. Adults chew the leaves of rose, strawberry, birch, poplar, willow and apple during June through August, while larvae feed on the roots of these trees. The feeding damage only affects the appearance of plants.
What plants do weevils affect?
Weevils can attack all kinds of edible and non-edible plants, but they have a few particular favourites: Fruit trees including apples, pears, cherries, and plums. Brassicas including broccoli and cabbage. Root vegetables, particularly potatoes, carrots, and parsnips.
What plants do black vine weevils eat?
The black vine weevil feeds on many garden and landscape plants. Hosts include azalea, caneberries, rhododendron, euonymus, grape, liquidambar, and strawberry.
What are weevils most commonly found in?
Weevils usually infest grains and starches like rice, flour, pasta, and cereals. Weevil infestations that start outside may be the result of fruit trees or gardens, which are also food sources.
Are weevils hard to get rid of?
Even the cleanest of kitchens are susceptible to an invasion by these annoying pests, and once your pantry has been infested by weevils, it’s very difficult to fully get rid of them.
What repels weevils?
“Cloves and bay leaves can act as natural repellents to weevils. Place a few bay leaves around your pantry and kitchen to ward off these pests, and position several [fresh] cloves of garlic near your food storage supplies,” Foster says. “Also, mix one tablespoon of white vinegar with one cup of water.