[Market-farming] Vegetable Weevil Larvae

Beth Spaugh lists at rhomestead.com
Thu Jan 4 15:25:58 EST 2007

Spinsosad is also available in a less concentrated formula, Garden Insect
Spray 9107 from Johnny's. Seems to OK with certifiers.

Beth Spaugh
Rehoboth Homestead
Peru NY
http://rhomestead.com <http://rhomestead.com/> 



From: road's end farm [mailto:organic101 at linkny.com] 
Sent: Wednesday, January 03, 2007 10:33 PM
To: Market Farming
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Vegetable Weevil Larvae

On Jan 3, 2007, at 7:28 PM, pam at twinoaks.org wrote:

We've got an infestation of what I think are vegetable weevil larvae in our 
hoophouse, eating ragged holes in leaves of Hakurei turnips, tatsoi, pak 
choy, chinese cabbage, and, I fear, the spinach too. Anyone have 
experience of these beasties, and how to get rid of them organically? 
Apparently they come out at night, reproduce parthenogenetically, are not 
affected by BT, go dormant in the summer, and eat a range of leaves and 
roots, preferring the new leaves in the crown of the plant. Argh! We had 
some last year on the turnips, and pulled them all early, hoping to get rid
the problem. On the plus side, these pests don't fly and have only one 
generation each year. I've heard that Spinosad/Entrust will kill them, but 
that's only available in $150 batches, and I'm hoping for something cheaper.

Any ideas out there?
Pam Dawling, Twin Oaks Community, Virginia. Zone 7.

You can get smaller (and therefore cheaper) quantities of spinosad labeled
as Monterey Insect Spray, I think from Fedco and some others. I have no idea
offhand whether it's labeled for vegetable weevil larvae or for greenhouse

-- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly
Fresh-market organic produce, small scale
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