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Jul 3, 2010 5:48 AM

Pine or Vine Weevils

My wife has decided that I need to find out how to get these things out of the house, and keep them out because our 18 month old keeps finding them. Can anyone help me? All I can find is how to get rid of them outside.
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    Jul 3, 2010 10:03 AM (in response to Jamester)
    Re: Pine or Vine Weevils

    As far as I can see these are the vine weevil, Otiorhynchus sulcatus.  If they are inside the house then do you have indoor plants?  Generally they are a pest of pot plants when found indoors.

     

    There are a few things you can do to get rid of them - or at least reduce their numbers because the odd one will always turn up!  Check your house plants for any that look wilted or ill, and take them out of the pot.  Knock all the soil off and you may find the white grubs, which eat the plant roots.  This is usually the main source of damage, the adults are harmless.  You can take all the grubs out and repot the plant, but there may be a few eggs remaining so it can be a thankless task to try to get rid of them by hand, they will keep coming back.  Years ago we had lots of problems with these on indoor Hibiscus, and used 'Provado vine-weevil killer' which seemed to be effective (you water the plant and it kills grubs and eggs) but I don't know if you can still get it, as many insecticides are now banned.

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      Aug 30, 2011 8:38 PM (in response to Clive Washington)
      Re: Pine or Vine Weevils
      We have Fuscia plants hung on the wall in reclaimed rainwater hoppers. the first indication of the plant was wilting of the leaves. the plant was very healthy until this occurred. Upon taking the plant out of the hopper I discovered it was riddled with small white grubs approx. 6-8mm in length and 2-3mm diameter.I had to remove the compost around the root ball then repot in fresh compost. I am awaiting the results. Hopefully this will cure the problem of the vine weevil. It is probable that you are encountering the problems of vine weevils if you have either houseplants or patio tubs/pots that are attracting them. I would check all the plants for signs of wilting leaves. Hope this helps your problem.
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