Vine weevils are common pests that can cause significant damage to a wide range of plants. Adults chew notches in the leaf margins and the grubs eat the roots of plants, which can lead to plant death.
Jeyes Fluid is a type of disinfectant, primarily designed for cleaning and disinfecting in and around the home, patios, drains, outdoor bins, and more. It has been known to be used as a homemade remedy for garden pests like vine weevils due to its potent properties.
However, it’s crucial to note that the manufacturer does not officially recommend Jeyes Fluid for pest control, and it’s not labelled as a pesticide. Using it in this manner could potentially harm beneficial insects, pets, or even the plants themselves, especially if not used with great care. It’s generally recommended to use pest control products specifically designed and labelled for this purpose.
But if you decide to use Jeyes Fluid, here is a general method:
- Mix the fluid according to the instructions on the packaging. It’s usually diluted with water. The standard recommendation is around 150ml of Jeyes Fluid per 5 litres of water.
- Once you’ve prepared the solution, you can apply it to the soil around the affected plants. This should be done in the evening to prevent the solution from evaporating before it has a chance to soak into the soil.
- It’s important to avoid applying the solution directly to the plant itself, as this can cause damage.
- Be aware that Jeyes Fluid can have a strong smell, and it can linger for several days after application.
Again, this is not the recommended usage of Jeyes Fluid, and if you’re dealing with a significant vine weevil problem, you may want to consider using a pesticide that’s specifically designed to deal with this pest. Always consider the environmental impacts and your local regulations regarding usage of such products. You may want to consult with a local horticulturist or your local extension service for the best, most environmentally-friendly solutions for dealing with vine weevils.