Agave Beetle Control
Agave Snout Nosed Beetle Tips
(Scyphophorus acupunctatus / Agave snout-nosed Beetle / Agave weevil)
Imidadoprid "Merit" GRANULES KILLS AGAVE BEETLES (and other grubs)
The Agave snout-nosed Beetle (Scyphophorus acupunctatus) are an unfortunate pest to the agave garden. The agave plants can be thriving one day and suddenly show evidence of infestation and collapse the next day. By the time one notices the attack, a great deal of damage will have already
The beetle drills a hole in the heart of the agave then lays eggs. When eggs hatch the new grubs begin eating the heart out of the plant. As they eat and grow they also introduce bacteria and rot, and this kills the agave.
In order to protect most agaves, it is necessary to treat the soil with grub killer.
We recommend (following the directions on the label) a yearly treatment of Bayer Advanced tree and Shrub Protect and Feed ready to use granules. This product consists of the chemical Imidadoprid "Merit" which is a systemic bug killer. Simply sprinkle a little around the base of your agaves and the juices of the plant become deadly to the grub or any insect feasting on the roots or the plant.
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