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tippben
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 3:06 pm    Post subject: Vine weevil prevention Reply with quote

Aargh! I found loads of vine weevil in my old wheelbarrow strawberry planter. I have fresh plants to use, so I'll dump all the compost and start again. Would using mypex or something prevent a reinfestation this year? I don't fancy paying 18 quid every month for nematodes.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 26, 2011 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You could try mixing unsterilised Garden Soil with a Peat-Based Compost 50-50 this greatly reduces the Number of Grubs in Pots because it introduces the natural Predators and Parasites of the Vine weevil Eggs and Grubs.
Parasitic eelworms are also used,these attack the Grubs but there must be a low level of Grubs already present before application and the Soil Temperature must be at least 12 degrees Celsius which is common in a Greenhouse but reached outdoors only in the Summer. The eelworm remedy is best applied in late July/August
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Hope that is of some help to you.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 13, 2011 9:22 pm    Post subject: Beetles, friend or foe? Reply with quote

I"m beginning to notice a fair amount of black beetles, large and small, different types, in my tunnel, Should I ever so slowly begin to Panic, or go direct to full blown. I don"t use any Sprays.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:29 pm    Post subject: vine weevils Reply with quote

hi, most of those black beetles are harmless and in many cases beneficial.vine weevils are more of grey colour with 2 large antennae,when you have seen one they are easy to tell apart from the good guys,google vine weevil for an image and you should be on the right path!!
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 16, 2011 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, See what you mean.
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PostPosted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 3:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pick up those beetles. They are like gold dust for fighting Weevil!! They will kill vine weevils and eat them. Those two big pincers on their front will pick up a weevil and rip it in half!!! Catch them in straw stuffed into an upturned pot where they hide in the day time, then release on any vine weevil susceptible plants such as Euonymus etc.
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