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Vine weevil exposure: precautions?

Hi all, today a plant I had ordered arrived & in repotting it I discovered the dreaded vine weevils! I promptly disposed of it, the soil and both pots (alas) but am worried about whether the weevils could be transmitted to my other plants/my garden through this exposure? Are there any precautions I can take? I've cleaned everything else (trowel, the box I use as a potting station etc) that came in contact with the plant/soil/etc and sprayed with disinfectant, but I can't use insecticides as I have a parrot. Any help gratefully received by a worried newbie gardener!


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 85,976
    If you disposed of the compost containing the weevil larvae and have washed everything as you said your plants should be absolutely fine. 

    Weevils can spread from garden to garden so if you do get some in your garden you can treat them with nematodes ... they're much the best solution as they're safe for you, your parrot and all the beneficial pollinating insects that your garden needs.  :):)

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Lizzie27Lizzie27 Posts: 11,617
    I'm having to redo my strawberry bed again (on an old table) and was shocked to discover vine weevils in the compost which was new last year. I presume the weevil eggs were either in the compost or in the strawberry pots when I bought them. I've emptied it all out and used Provada, and then found out it's not for use on edible plants!
    So I will have to get a new bag of compost. I wish I'd thought of nemotodes sooner.
    Should I wash all the compost off the strawberry plants before I put them back?
    North East Somerset - Clay soil over limestone
  • Bee witchedBee witched Posts: 1,224
    Hi Lizzie,
    I grow my strawbs in troughs in a stand. I'm currently re-potting and taking the opportunity to "drown" each plant for 48 hours. Some very tiny weevils have floated to the top of the water.  They are too small to have done any damage ... but would have made a mess of the plants if allowed to mature. 
    It's a bit of a faff ... but I was re-potting anyway ... and I'd much sooner do this than use chemicals.

    Bee x

    Gardener and beekeeper in beautiful Scottish Borders  

    A single bee creates just one twelfth of a teaspoon of honey in her lifetime
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