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I have small bite holes around the outside of my Rhododendron leaves.  Having looked at various online forums I seem to have established that it's an animal that enjoys a night picknick!.  But how can I really get rid of this animal and save the leaves from being further attacked?  I live in Switzerland and find it not always possible to get the same products as in England (or Australia) so would therefore have to resort to a 'natural' form of a fighter.  Any suggestions would, as usual, be greatly appreciated.


Possum, can you post a pic on here to show us the damage - can't remember whether you've posted pics on here before - if you haven't and don't know how to do it give us a shout 

I would put pepper around the plant or get one of the animal deterrants, hopfully that will do the job



Hi Dovefromabove.....

here are a couple of pictures I have taken of my plant.  The translation of the possible animal that I have been told by neighbours that could be causing it is a otiorhynchus?!  Any solutions for deterring this animal would be wonderful and very much appreciated.  The same is also appearing on my Prunus lusitanica (photos attached)


Can anyone help me on this one??


Victoria Sponge

I googled that name and it is a genus of weevils...

I have no experience of this but hopefully someone will.

anthony mcglen

hi Dovefromabove

I live in the uk in the midlands and I to have this problem and after looking around we came to the conclusion it was leaf cutting bee. next year I will cover mine with a fleece to stop them getting to it until they have moved on .hope this helps

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