Vine weevil evil :-(

I have tried, really tried, to control weevils in my small garden, my neighbour doesn't bother and sadly, as fast as I remove mine completely, his continue to thrive because downcast be bothere to treat. The past 2 years I've only used nematodes in spring and autumn. They seem to work well. Unfortunately, this year less so and I am noticing many new notches in a container- grown gardenia and around my photinia, heucheras and a climbing rose. I re-treat with nematodes now, as the soil is too cold - should I try something else like Provado? i know it's lethal for wildlife, which is why I've never used it, but it is winter and I'm hoping some kind soul on here will put my mind at rest and assure me I'm not a mass-murderer of pollinating insects! I do have a couple of resident frogs hibernating somewhere in the garden as well, so I'm keen not to use anything that would harm them...does anyone know if chemicals like Provado stay in the soil for a long time? Will they destroy the grubs? Or is there anything else to control grubs and adults in winter, possibly not as nasty as Provado? Have tried going out at night to pick them off, but either Im no good at spotting them, or they see me coming Makes me sad to see my plants being destroyed...I loathe this pest!


  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,754

    My understanding is that once a plant has been treated with a neonicotinoid all pollen and nectar that the plant produces in the future will be dangerous to bees as it damages their immune system so they succumb to a virus that they usually aren't susceptible to. image

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • Thanks Dove- that's what I feared image

    Hence why they're banned in some countries...

    Anything else I can use over the winter months, before I can use nematodes again?
  • Thanks Verdun and Mike - Verdun, are you worried about bees being affected by nectar and pollen contaminated by Provado? I have no idea what sort of shelf life it has.

    I take your point about commercial spraying concentrations v. domestic, Mike - would be good to know whether Provado lingers and is as bad a sa heavy metal (which can never be broken down or removed), or whether it does eventually break down in the soil and in the plant.

    I was hoping to find some info online, but no luck so far.

    I was also hoping that a good soaking in Provado now, when the bees are inactive, may do the trick...and by Spring the damn stuff would have been dealt with by nature.

    It's hard for me to remove the Heucheras V - they are all interlaced with spring bulbs that are coming up right now, so moving the heucheras would be very difficult without collateral damage image

    I think I may have to resort to a bit of Provado image Do you use it, Mike?



  • We suffered from Vine Weevil in pots for years, and then got a tip which virtually cured the problem.

    Just plant a root of CHIVES in pots and containers and you will have no more root damage !!!!!

    Honestly, it works.

    Campbell Jones - Ludlow

  • Thanks Brumbull, glad to hear it works

  • BerkleyBerkley Posts: 326
    I thought Provado vine weevil killer had been banned? Or am I thinking of a similar product?
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 42,754

    Some of the Provado products have been banned, but not the vine weevil treatment.  Not sure why exactly .... 

    A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in - Greek proverb 
  • AtillaAtilla Posts: 1,493

    Provado does use neonicotinoid insecticides but those are not banned. They are systemic so killing the grubs takes a few weeks/several applications. The UK voted against the EU prohibition as the scientific proof of them affecting bee populations is not there.

  • BerkleyBerkley Posts: 326
    I think it may be the chafer grub product I'm thinking of....
  • Thanks your such a positive response - makes me really happy to see I'm not alone in worrying about thus.

    im not anti every chemical under the sun (I occasionally use fungicides on my fruit trees), but when wildlife can be hurt, then I find I'm too reluctant to risk it.

    However, watching one's hard work and money wither and die in weeks, due to a pest as serious as vine weevil, is both disheartening and not something I'm willing to stomach.

    Chives?! How interesting Julian!

    i shall definitely try that first!

    Will also follow Verdun's tip on at least removing my gardenia from its pot and checking it for grubs. Shame I can't do the same to my beds...

    Roll on Spring and then the little b***ers will get a blast of 5 million nematodes like they've never had before image

    Has anyone used garlic spray as a repellent for the adults?


    interesting article here below on legislation- so proud my country voted against image

  • Thanks Brum -send me a bottle will you image Your concoction sounds more lethal than mine!

    i already use a home-made spray on roses and it seems to do the job for aphids, but wondering if it'll deter the dreaded weevil adult.


  • Did it work?

    could you still step into your garden and not pass out from the fumes? image

    Works a treat on aphids - and cats!

  • Ah, you should be living in Greece or Italy- no neighbour there would give two hoots about garlic fumes over a garden fence image

    You're so right about hostas - only thing that saved mine was the garlic pong!

  • annie8annie8 Posts: 34

    I have a small pond and over the years as my frog population as grown ... My slug damage on my plants has vanished . To keep the green fly off my roses I plant under  or close to the ramblers and bush roses chives or garlic, it works a treat . image

  • Somebody mentioned a salt water soak and I would have thought that would completely contaminate the soil so that nothing could grow.  However, does anybody know if just standing a container in a bowl of water for a day would cause the vine weevil to drown?  It certainly works for ants and wood lice.

  • Thanks Annie- another vote for chives then! I wonder what it is about their scent or bulb that deters weevils...weevils also leave any aromatic plant alone- they hate my Mexican orange blossom, for example, and my bay tree. Not heard anything about salt water Angela, though would imagine you're absolutely right not to want to put that in the soil itself.
  • Really interesting to read all the above.

    I've just spent a really boring few hours picking out Vine Weevil grubs from one of my hanging baskets (ferns, fuchsia, bulbs, etc.) .  I fed them to my Chickens as a treat but some so small I ended up tipping the rest of the compost for them to find themselves.

    In Spring 2012 I planted troughs on my house wall with Heucheras and Carex - they looked wonderful until the autumn when I noticed that I could pick some of the plants up.............all the roots had gone.  Dreaded vine weevil.  I cleared the troughs, washed all the plant roots and potted up the rescued ones individually.  I watered them  with  Provado and later grew them on and planted them in other containers or in the garden. Touch wood, to date, I haven't noticed any problem with these particular plants.

    I haven't used this product since but I will use it again now to sluice the plants I removed from the basket today.

    I hadn't thought of Chives but it sounds like a good tip.....I assume it is a bit like garlic keeping away vampires image

    Just as a PS, my Chickens only get the weevil grubs from untreated plants. 

  • WenaWena Posts: 1

    The.  grubs totally destroyed my strawberry plants. I tried  nematodes with little success There are no chemicals you can use on edible plants  But I got rid of them by putting at least 2 inches of medium course gravel tight around each plant making sure not to leave any space for adult weevils to lay eggs.The adults have pads on their feet to help them climb  (they cant fly ) and they wont cross anything that scratches  these pads.I am going to use the chives as well 

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