April 25, 2009 at 2:42 pm #247849
We have found our vegie patch is full of white curl grub. We let the chooks out while we dug it up and they had a feast but still lots more two or three shovel depths below the surface. They obviously have had their own feast as they are quite large. Any suggestions for quick removal as we need the beds to get some vegies planted asap. I know that you can use old carpet that has been wet down but that seemed to only work on a few. The patch is a living community of them. Any ideas??April 25, 2009 at 6:35 pm #407561
for me just plant away they are in our gardens always on the occassions i find them i fed them to the birds or squish them, but that is no form of control as it is all accicental. and can’t say that they actually do any damage other than convert organic material.
lenApril 25, 2009 at 7:48 pm #407562
You must have plenty of organic material in your soil po. As Len said palnt away. They dont seem to cause any problem in my garden, just eat rotting mulch and compost.I feed them to the chooks too when I find them.April 25, 2009 at 9:18 pm #407563
Thanks for the responses. they have caused much damage and would be grateful for some maintanence help.April 25, 2009 at 9:27 pm #407564
could you enlighten us on the damage that has been caused please? knowledge is understanding. my gardens have always attracted them from the very small ones to the mammoth ones, yet our plants grow happily on. same as we have sow/pill bugs and earwigs what damage do they do are blamed for? the only time earwigs come into play with say pumpkins is when a pumkins has rooted for some reason or other or has been damaged.
the possibly most effective treatment would be to identify the beetle involved and treat it.
lenApril 25, 2009 at 10:21 pm #407565
We have white curl grubs and I usually find the big ones under a dying plant. They seem to munch at the roots (or something!?).
I’ve found this especially in pots. One plant will just go brown and die and when I pull it out I find the grubs underneath.
Po, I’d do a spade’s depth dig over and then let the chooks on it again. There really isn’t anything else but picking them out as you find them.April 25, 2009 at 11:24 pm #407566
might not mean the curl grub caused the downfall of the plant, might be having the grub in the pot like earth worms and ants they eat the organic matter from the mix and that part becomes hydrophobic? there’s be lack of organic nutrient in the mix to say the least i would guess.
lenApril 26, 2009 at 12:26 am #407567
forgot to say if you have an issue with ants, worms, grubs in pots drown ’em out too easy, the garden environment a different medium.
lenApril 26, 2009 at 9:13 am #407568
I suspect that the grubs killing pot plants is because they run out of easily eaten dead organic matter and start on the live – same as when you have a plague of slaters. A few curl grubs shouldn’t do much so maybe just reducing their number like you have done will work :shrug:
Hope it works anyway 🙂April 28, 2009 at 1:03 am #407569
I had some of the grubs in pots and I took a sample of them to my local garden centre. I was told that they do eat the roots of plants hence why they’ll just start dying off.
They gave me a powder to mix with water to water the plants with (which was safe to use on vegetable plants) but alas they didn’t seem to die. I manually repotted everything and picked them out.
I’m not sure why everyone suggests drowning them as I had them submerged in water for 48 hours and they were still squirming around!
I ended up just squishing them (bleck!).
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