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HIYA... you know spring is coming and gardening is my newly found passion. I took out dahlias and begonias from last year and stored in summer house. Today when I went through the bulbs, I found a small vine weevil grub but it wasn't moving. BUT I squashed it anyway (double kill method). It damaged two begonia bulbs and one dahlia. Last year, I planted dahlias in ground the front porch...so now I suspect the vine weevil is still there. do they stay dormant in winter? What should I do? help
Thanks in advance
I have battled this adversary for many years with varying degrees of sucess. In a strange way I do admire there tenacity. They are tough little critters unless you catch them red handed. Good husbandry is essential and I do try and avoid keeping things in pots I know they like. Also attracting birds to your garden helps as they can be a useful ally. Heucheras, hardy geranimus are always a popular choice for a midnight snack. I patrol mainly in the evenings with a torch to catch them mid meal.
I regularly check my heucharas in pots and the minute they feel a bit loose I whip them out, wash the roots and repot them in fresh compost. I have saved many plants this way and as an added bonus I even managed to get our resident garden robin to come and take the wriggling grubs from my hand. I had tried in vain to tempt him with many other goodies but these proved too much of a temptation for him! The goldfish loves them too.