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21/04/2013 at 18:23

sorting my containers out today found these white maggot things can anyone tell me what they are and how to get rid

21/04/2013 at 18:24

Fear they might be vine weevil larvae, it's where they live. Have you any photos?

21/04/2013 at 18:26
21/04/2013 at 18:27

Dove, how does one get rid of these?

21/04/2013 at 18:28

This is a vine weevil larva. About half an inch long and no legs. My first ever question on this forum was the same as yours tinker 2

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/22419.jpg?width=276&height=350&mode=max

 

21/04/2013 at 18:29

no not at present are they harmful  how can i get rid will i be able to use this compost again or shall i get rid

21/04/2013 at 18:31

thats it ugh 

21/04/2013 at 18:36

Artjak - if I've got weevil grubs in my pots I get them out and squidge them and let the birds or the neighbours chickens have them.

However, you then need to deal with the adult weevils that lay the eggs that turn into the grubs - I watered my entire Shady Bank with Vne Weevil Nematodes last summer and saw a huge improvement in the amount of damage they were causing to my primulas - I shall give them another dose as soon as the soil warms up.

http://www.defenders.co.uk/pest-solutions/biological-vine-weevil-control.html

21/04/2013 at 18:46

i have found some in my primula pots today. gutted also in my astrantias.. i have taken them out fed them to the birds... who were very keen.. disposed of compost for burning the repotted.. nightmare..

i did all mine with the nemotodes last year.. and this is first year i have had problem with them..

21/04/2013 at 18:52

I read on this forum that one could submerge the entire pot in water for two days and drown the grubs.

21/04/2013 at 18:53

I have had theese in the past they eat the roots of your plants!

You can buy vine weevil killer from garden centres and wilkinsons you dilute and water it on .Watch out for the adult beetles in summer they are black and speckled i cruch them

21/04/2013 at 18:56
My garden is riddled with some creatures very similar to this in appearance, but they definitely have legs. Any idea what they are and are they going to damage my plants?
21/04/2013 at 19:00

The 'chemical' Vine weevil killer is really harmful to other insects - particularly bees - it is only licensed for use in pots and not in open ground.  I will not use it.

If you are thinking of using it please read this first 

http://gardenofeaden.blogspot.co.uk/2008/11/imidacloprid-provado-and-threat-to-bees.html

21/04/2013 at 19:06
Ziminuk wrote (see)
My garden is riddled with some creatures very similar to this in appearance, but they definitely have legs. Any idea what they are and are they going to damage my plants?

Scroll down and have a look here http://frontpage.woodland-trust.org.uk/ancient-tree-forum/atfnews/images/stagbeetles.pdf you may have something very special 

If they're not vine weevils (and if they have legs then they're not) they won't do a lot of damage to your plants.  They may cause a few temporary thin patches on your lawn - a small price to pay for helping to conserve these fascinating creatures.

21/04/2013 at 19:08

Thanks for the link Dovefrombove i did not know about this! I won't be using it again as i love bees and grow flowers to attract them and other insects.

21/04/2013 at 19:14

If you're watching Countryfile at the moment you'll be learning about the danger of neonicotinoids 

Here is a list of pesticides that contain them 

http://www.pan-uk.org/home-garden/list-of-home-and-garden-pesticides-containing-neonicotinoids 

21/04/2013 at 19:17
Oh my goodness! It certainly looks exactly like the picture. Is it possible for me to have stag Beatle larvae. I live way up in the north west of England!
21/04/2013 at 19:18
On reflection - they are very large!
21/04/2013 at 19:28

How exciting if you do Ziminuk!

Dove-you're a dab hand with these links!

21/04/2013 at 19:37

Well, they don't start out that large, they do grow.  

Or could yours be one of the other types of larvae shown?  Whereabouts are you finding them?

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