Strawberry Root Weevil Grub

Strawberry Root Weevil Grubs

It’s spring again and I can’t wait for strawberry season! I finally got back out into the garden today and revisited some completely neglected projects, like my hanging strawberry planter.  To my surprise, the plants were not doing as well as I thought they would after a winter break.  Many were dead and the ones that remained had weak root systems.  I rooted around in the planter a bit and found some unwelcome visitors to be the cause: Strawberry Root Weevil grubs. Ick!

The beauty of keeping strawberries in a container is certainly the ease of replanting it all (although it did take me a few hours to empty out the planter, dig through the soil, and pick out the grubs).  My planter is now weevil-free and here is what was left over…

…just enough for my backyard birds: a high-protein meal of gourmet grubs served up in a terra cotta plant saucer for easy pickin’s.  Lucky birds!

Before you start your strawberry patch for the year, be sure to dig around in the soil and look for strawberry root weevil grubs. Your plants may look healthy but as the grubs mature into full grown strawberry root weevils, they will start to munch on your mint, raspberries, and rhododendrons as well! You won’t see them during the day as they are night creatures hiding in the shadows and munching away at the leaves of your plants.

If you do see grubs in the spring, feed them to the birds like I did and transplant your strawberries in new soil. Give the roots a good wash first and it should do the trick. This worked for me as you can see by this overflowing hanging strawberry planter!

If you have a pretty bad weevil problem, then ditch the soil and plants all together and start fresh.

Strawberry Pot

About the Author : Stephanie RoseAn artistic gardener aiming to feed the body & soul through an urban potager garden & a community veggie plot in Vancouver.View all posts by Stephanie Rose

  1. Lori E
    Lori EMarch 28,11

    Now I never would have thought of putting the weevils out for the birds. First instinct would have been to squish them dead and dispose of them.
    Lesson learned.

  2. Stevie
    StevieMarch 28,11

    Lori – I’m big into recycling!

  3. Cindy @ enclos*ure
    Cindy @ enclos*ureJuly 11,11

    Our dog is always right with me when I dig in the garden because she likes to eat grubs!

    • Stevie
      StevieJuly 11,11

      Ha! Cindy, I admit that makes me cringe a bit. But thanks for sharing!

  4. Julie
    JulieMarch 24,12

    Thanks so much for the picture and the bird food idea! I just cleaned out my strawberry patch and found many of the squirming creatures. I’m happy to share with my feathered friends!

  5. Andrew
    AndrewFebruary 15,13

    I planted strawberries last year in early spring and they never came up. Tried digging the roots up a few weeks later and couldn’t even find them… I guess I’ll try again.

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