Pea and Bean weevil?

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Pea and Bean weevil?

Postby Catherine » Sun Jun 09, 2019 7:57 pm

This year we have been hammered by something eating all round the edges of the peas and broad beans.(Looking it up we think it is the pea and bean weevil) We have had this before but never as bad as this year. We are organic and have been for 18 years but are now considering using a spray as our peas are just not doing anything. Our broad beans are battered by them. Even the lettuces in the same bed as the peas are suffering. We will be lucking if we get one row of peas to eat this year. Any suggestions.
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Re: Pea and Bean weevil?

Postby Westi » Sun Jun 09, 2019 8:06 pm

I get that some years but still get a harvest usually, but if they are decimating the leaves that is not going to happen. There are organic sprays recommended on the RHS site if you have a look. I suppose as an alternative it says the grubs drop to the ground when disturbed so you could also just stamp your feet around the plants as well.
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Re: Pea and Bean weevil?

Postby Monika » Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:21 pm

Catherine, I think you will find that the damage becomes much less when the weather is wet (as is likely to happen this week) and once the plants have grown a bit, they will withstand the damage. If you are thinking of spraying, I believe the Neudorff range of sprays is organic, so you might find something there.
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Re: Pea and Bean weevil?

Postby KG Steve » Tue Jun 11, 2019 3:00 pm

Healthy plants usually go on to produce good crops without having to spray Catherine - or you could consider covering the young plants with crop protection netting or fleece until well established. If you do need to spray Bug Clear Gun for Fruit & Veg, Ecofective Bug Killer is approved for use on this crop I believe (natural pyrethrum).
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Re: Pea and Bean weevil?

Postby Catherine » Wed Jun 19, 2019 9:11 pm

Thank you for your suggestion, we have sprayed with Bug clear gun for fruit and veg and they have sprung into life. We hate using sprays but this was definately a last resort. They seem to be picking up.
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