I actually think these little guys are cute but they still get an automatic squishing when I find them munching on my edible plants 🙂 .
They leave tell tale little holes in the leaves of your greens, fruit trees, strawberries, beans, peas and the like.
Their grubs live under ground munching on plant roots.
Species: Otiorhynchus sulcatus
I am lucky in that I have only experienced very light infestations. Prevention is best because removing whole plants is often the only solution to heavy infestations.
Here are some tips:
- Keep weeds down and hence reduce a food source for weevil larvae.
- Visual inspection of the top and bottom of leaves and removing adults helps break the cycle. I squish them and push them into the soil so their bodies are added to the soil mix or you could throw them to your chooks.
- I find that spraying pyrethum keeps the adults off the leaves.