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Toddy



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PostPosted: Thu Apr 23, 2015 8:11 pm    Post subject: Vine weevils.  Reply with quote

I overwinter begonias and when I opened up the pot of peat I found half the begonia's had been munched to dust by vine weevils.
I've fed the blackbird and the robin over fifty of the blighters.

In the past I used a water in insecticide that was supposed to wipe them out at both egg and maggot stage, but apparantly it's been removed from the market.

Is there anything reliable that can be used to water pots to stop them ? or sprinkle in ?
Apart from the public loo stinking Jeyes fluid which I'm told will kill 'everything' and the biological control beasties, that is.
I use masses of pots, we're on blue clay soil here, and I doubt that there's any way I'll ever get all of the weevils (we live next to woodland and a burn and meadow area), but if I can control the ones in the soil of the pots I deliberately plant in, I'd be content enough.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 4:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you heard of Diatomaceous earth? I have had really good success with it. Can be mixed in with your potting mix as well as sprinkling on the surface. Might be worth a try.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 6:26 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had em in me fuschia's and I used a nematode worm to control them it worked very well.
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Toddy



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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I can certainly add the dia. earth, but mostly my pots are filled with worm worked compost and the native clay soil.  Mebbe, mebbe .


rhino ? was it easy to use ? My pots are all round the garden, and we'll cool-ish here in Lanarkshire. We do get sunny warm weather, but it's not reliable, and I can't guarantee that the temperatures will be right for the nematodes.
If it really is easy though, it's very tempting.

Thanks for the help

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 24, 2015 2:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes the eggs came in a powder you mix it with water and well, just watered  


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