Pea Pest problems

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Pea Pest problems

Post: # 199659Post LouD
Sat Jun 12, 2010 1:53 pm

Hi, i'm new here. And relatively new to growing veg. I've done a few things in pots which seems to be largely pest/problem free but have now moved onto having a veg patch, 4X 1.2X2.4m beds and a medium greenhouse.

Just wanted to ask a question about pea pests. I've very successfully grown peas in containers, but as soon as I put them in the ground they get attacked. I thought it was slugs so put down slug pellets, put in some new plants i'd raised in pots, but these have now been attacked. So I assume it's not slugs.
Could it be mice? I thought they'd basically take the whole plant, but each plant seems to be nibbled round the edge and gets worse every day. I can't see anything on them.

Any ideas of what I can try, what it might be, or how I can find out?
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Re: Pea Pest problems

Post: # 199661Post Odsox
Sat Jun 12, 2010 2:15 pm

Those semi-circular nibbles are caused by the pea weevil.
At this time of the year when peas are growing away strongly it's nothing to worry about as they only tend to nibble the bottom leaves. It's only when the pea plants are struggling, like overwintered ones in early spring, that it can knock them back a bit.
So, don't worry ... all will be fine. :mrgreen:
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Re: Pea Pest problems

Post: # 199703Post LouD
Sat Jun 12, 2010 6:56 pm

It doesn't appear to be just the lower ones though, all the leaves are being eaten right up to the top (some of the plants are about 18inchs tall).
Would this still be Pea Weevil? I'd ruled it out because it was the whole plants being eaten and not recovering.

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Re: Pea Pest problems

Post: # 199765Post Odsox
Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:31 am

In that case I don't really know, but I can tell you it's probably not mice as they tend to eat the seed, not the foliage.
Best thing to do is go out quietly with a torch as late as you can, certainly after midnight, and have a look.
Pea weevils are greyish brown insects and don't move very fast if you're quiet and eat scallop shapes on the leaves.
Snails are rather partial to pea leaves as well and they will of course be obvious and eat ragged holes in the leaves.
Whatever it is, I hope you find it.
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Re: Pea Pest problems

Post: # 199767Post Shirley
Sun Jun 13, 2010 8:47 am

do the slug pellets work? We still have slugs and snails despite having used the pellets (also be careful if you've got pets or young children visiting the garden).

We're getting snails on our peas and they're chomping away on the leaves - is it a problem? Will they cause so much damage that the crop will be at risk? Obviously I take them off if I see them (and photograph them cos they really are quite lovely).

That's a point Lou - perhaps you could take a photo of the damaged leaves to see if it helps with id.
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Re: Pea Pest problems

Post: # 200263Post Amateur
Thu Jun 17, 2010 10:40 am

Has anyone any ideas for dealing with pea weevils? I'be been catching and crushing them but my pea bed is completely infested and the plants are struggling :(
I think I've heard something about a nicotine spray but I'm not sure if this was for weevils? :scratch:

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Re: Pea Pest problems

Post: # 200277Post oldfella
Thu Jun 17, 2010 1:34 pm

Peed on pest

No problems :wink: :wink: :mrgreen:
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Re: Pea Pest problems

Post: # 200391Post Amateur
Fri Jun 18, 2010 1:11 pm

Are you serious oldfella?
If so then I have that in plentyful supply today after a night on the ale last night... :lol:

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