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Pea and bean weevils

Symptoms

When weevils emerge out of the soil in early summer, they feed on the leaves of broad beans and peas, nibbling U-shaped notches out of the edges.

Find it on: broad beans, peas
Time to act: summer, autumn, winter

Overview

Pea and bean weevils are a nuisance but rarely a major problem on the veg patch. The larvae live in the soil and feed on the root nodules. Then when the adults emerge in June and July, they climb up the plants and eat the edges of the leaves. Thankfully, these 4mm-long, brown, snout-nosed beetles rarely cause severe damage. The plants easily survive, unless they are small and seriously infested.


Solution

When weevils emerge out of the soil in early summer, they feed on the leaves of broad beans and peas, nibbling U-shaped notches out of the edges.

Organic

Pick off the beetles by hand and destroy.




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bootsy69 24/11/2011 at 15:29

i have an issue with pest! partically pea moth, my peas are all gone. i have been advised to use lime in my soil after the season, this will help kill them off from the soil? but my Q ? is can i use bog standard lime from a builders merchant, or do i need a certain type alcalie lvl etc??

Peat B 09/12/2011 at 15:45

It's a dirty business, but somebody's gotta do it ! I hate the thought of killing things that have a right to a life as much as I do, BUT sometimes sacrifice to the gods of growing need to be made. It is HOW the sacrifice is done. Scrabbling around on the ground has now become part of the ritual. I crawl along the paths in the lotty, peering under leaves, plucking with distaste at the tiny crawling pests and shuddering with horror at the wild life and death struggles going on in my food plot ! I find that there is really NOTHING I can do about pests. If I want organic garden produce, then I find that one for me and three for them is the casualty rate.

jude5 24/04/2012 at 22:55

My broad beans have been nibbled severely for at least the last three weeks, so much for 'the adults emerge in June and July'! They have destroyed the growing tips of several plants and they are not going to survive even though they were good strong specimens to begin with. Have I done something wrong or am I just unlucky?

kevin best 14/05/2014 at 11:42

what can I use eg spray/powder to kill them

kevin best 14/05/2014 at 11:44

what can I use eg spray/powder to kill pea and bean weevil on my allotment

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