garlic pests - yellow maggot or larvae with brown head or end.

jimw00d(USDA zone 7)March 7, 2006

Today I noticed that a few of the garlic plants in my garden looked a little sorry for themselves. On closer inspection I noticed a few white marks on the outer leaves of each plant. Each of the white marks had a hole in it. Peering inside the stems I saw a yellow maggot or larvae with a brown end or head happily eating away at the new leaves that the plant was getting ready to expose. I pulled each of the infected plants out - on second thoughts this might have been hasty.

Any ideas what these lovely little guys are and how I might stop them infecting the rest of my crop. I have grown garlic in the UK for many years without problems but I have now lost half of my first Texas garlic crop. Please help.

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
negi(8b)

It may be an onion maggot, Delia antiqua. Here is a link.
http://entm29.entm.purdue.edu/acorn/pest.aspx?pest=Onion_Maggot
Diatamaceous earth is sprinkled around the plants to protect them. A screen over the soil, or tilling at the right time can break the cycle. Tobacco may be a viable organic treatment.

    Bookmark   March 7, 2006 at 10:14PM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Farmer's Market Hardnech vs. Softneck Garlic
I just notice that the garlic we bought recently from...
redsun9
Why do you grow walking (top setting) onions?
I have grown them on and off over the years. IMHO They...
wertach zone 7-B SC
why are my shallots soo small
I planted really nice sized shallots last fall. I would...
kmatcek
If it looks like a leek, and smells like a leek...
I have what I feel like may be a stupid question. We...
MaryBeth Hostetler
Redwing vs Ruby Ring
Hello, does anybody have experience with both of the...
galinas
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™