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sorting my containers out today found these white maggot things can anyone tell me what they are and how to get rid
Fear they might be vine weevil larvae, it's where they live. Have you any photos?
Do they look like this?
Dove, how does one get rid of these?
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
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
thats it ugh
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.
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..
I read on this forum that one could submerge the entire pot in water for two days and drown the grubs.
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
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
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.
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.
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
How exciting if you do Ziminuk!
Dove-you're a dab hand with these links!
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?