Feel free to copy-and-paste this info onto your NextDoor site, and (please!) use it to notify your garden club and friends. -- Debra
The agave snout-nosed weevil exists in greater numbers and is more active this spring than ever before. Don't wait for signs of infestation; take preventative measures now to protect your agaves, furcraeas, beaucarneas, yuccas and mangaves. And please, don't let your yard become a breeding ground for weevils that move on to your neighbors'! Learn More: https://debraleebaldwin.com/caring-for-succulents/agave-snout-weevil-prevention-treatment/
Flightless Beetle Lands in Europe
I envision the evil weevil contentedly sipping a gin-and-tonic aboard British Airways. (No straw needed.)
From a Feb. 24 comment on my Agave Snout Weevil Prevention and Treatment page: "We live in London, UK. We have a very large Century Agave which has lived inside since we bought it. We noticed the odd beetle on the floor but thought nothing of it. Over the months our agave looked more and more upset, leaves turning down and yellowing. We saw more beetles and then my husband whose desk is next to it started to HEAR the grubs chomping away! It’s 8ft tall and weights over 100kg. Does anyone know any UK treatments that might work? I realise we are unlikely to be able to save the plant but I want to make sure the beetles are removed."
In a Feb. 21 email from a subscriber near Faro, Portugal: "The snout beetle has arrived in the Algarve in the south of Portugal. I have well over 100 Agaves and they are being attacked by the beetle. I lost close to 50 already."
Also: Jardin Sostenible (Sustainable Garden), a landscaping firm in Valencia, Spain, cautions that "picudo negro" has arrived. They say it affects aloes and bird-of-paradise, too, but that's most likely some other bug (there's always another bug). In any case their photos show our beetle, sigh.
Agave snout-nosed weevil is a half-inch-long black beetle with a downward-curving proboscis that enables it to pierce an agave’s core, where it lays its eggs. Grubs hatch, consume the agave’s heart, then burrow into the soil to pupate.
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Are pests or mysterious maladies causing problems with your succulents? This page is a forum for you to ask questions, leave comments and share what works for you. Others can see and benefit from the answers. Your own tried-and-true solutions are welcome, too!