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09/05/2013 at 13:01

I am trying to identify a ?pest in my allotment. They are white approx 2-5mm long and they look a bit like a worm but with a bigger head?? There are everywhere, they attach to any roots, or anything underground. My soon was digging a hole and filling it with water and there were hundreds of them in the "soup". How can I get rid of them. Previous years I just wash them off but their numbers seem to be on the increase.

09/05/2013 at 13:10

Unfortunately I can't post a pic, but maybe you could google vine weevil larvae to see if that's the culprit?

Lyn
09/05/2013 at 14:07

2 - 5 mm is mighty small for vine weevil, do you mean cms?

11/05/2013 at 15:33

http://s4.gardenersworld.com/uploads/images/original/23361.jpg?width=306&height=350&mode=max

 This is the best phot I can get, any ideas anyone???

11/05/2013 at 15:38

Do they jump? or have legs.

11/05/2013 at 16:19

No they don't jump, I think they may have legs but are too small for me to see, they look to have antenae?

11/05/2013 at 16:56

I'm inclined to say, although the pic is well blurred - white spring tails, Protaphorura armata. However, there are many kinds, some jump...some don't. They kind of fit the bill with regards to the environment they like - wet/damp soil.

Google on images, see if the close-up matches what you've actually seen yourself. 

I have come across the very tiny small ones in compost before, but never ones this size.

11/05/2013 at 19:37

Thanks. The whitespringtail does look the closet match  so far although the ones in my ssoil are larger and i haven't noticed them jump. Any ideas on how to control them? 

11/05/2013 at 22:07

I'd say, try to keep the soil as dry as you can. If you do have to water, use a can as opposed to a hose. These things thrive in moist/damp/wet soil - or try to find some sort of product that tackles these creatures.

Sorry, not much help... I'm I.

 

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