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Experienced gardener. Never ever had so so many plants disappear within 24 hours! Flowering, healthy, upright. Next day or as in today, I watched a lovely pot full of bellies wilt away. I KNEW what had happened! Same as my stocks, sweet Williams. Nasty woodlice, million's of them. Big buggers, baby buggers. Help. Done all the RHS advised. No joy. 

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  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICT DerbyshirePosts: 20,162

    WHAT YOU NEED ARE SOME DYSDERA CROCATA OR WOODLOUSE SPIDER.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woodlouse_spider

    THEY WILL GOBBLE THEM UP FOR YOU.

    AND SHREWS EAT THEM TOO. SO GET SOME SHREWS.image

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • I thought woodlice lived on eating rotting wood and debris, could you maybe have vine weevil in the soil in the pots?

  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,393

    My thought as well Chrissy.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 11,346

    I am not sure I believe this.

    I think Woodlice may eat damaged or decaying plants, but I just don't think they would demolish whole healthy plants overnight.

    He calls her the chocolate girl
    Cause he thinks she melts when he touches her
    She knows she's the chocolate girl
    Cause she's broken up and swallowed
    And wrapped in bits of silver
  • nutcutletnutcutlet PeterboroughPosts: 26,393

    I'm sure they wouldn't punkdoc

  • Fishy65Fishy65 Posts: 2,270

    Have to agree about woodlice, they eat decaying plant matter. Rotting leaves also paper/cardboard that gets chucked in the compost bin. Vine weevil is the culprit I would wager.

  • B3B3 Posts: 21,523

    I have industrial quantities of woodlice. They don't eat my plants. I don't bother them  - unless they venture into the house.

    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LynLyn DevonPosts: 19,940

    I am a Devon gardener and I can vouch for the fact that Devon is different, never do our woodlice eat plants in a day like yours. 

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • FairygirlFairygirl west central ScotlandPosts: 46,404

    I'd have nothing in my garden if  woodlice ate plants! Definitely sounds more like the weevil.

    I'm more confused about what a pot full of 'bellies' are?  image

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....


  • raisingirlraisingirl East Devon, on the Edge of Exmoor.Posts: 5,569
    Fairygirl says:

    I'm more confused about what a pot full of 'bellies' are?  image

    See original post

     bellis?

    “Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first” 
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