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What is this pest?

Does anyone know what these things are and what to do to get rid of them/prevent them in future? So far I have found them destroying my radishes and potatoes. I also wondered if they have something to do with why my carrots are not terminating. I would prefer a non-chemical solution if there is one. Thanks!


  • LynLyn Posts: 23,190
    I have those and wondered what the were, they’re not just worms, they are as hard as rock, try squashing one, they’re crunchy, they are usually curled up in a tight coil,  they seem to live in bulbs and corms and eat into them. 
    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • What can I do about them?
  • Allotment BoyAllotment Boy Posts: 6,738
    Read the link from @pansyface they suggest biological control using nematodes plus cultural methods. I agree they are probably being opportunistic, wire worm or slugs will have made the initial damage, the orange spots are common scab, too much fresh manure or feed causes that.
    AB Still learning

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