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Question: I just lost 24 heads of lettuce to root maggots. I also have lima beans, beets, swiss chard, broccoli, watermelon, asparagus beans, habaneros, jalapenos, tomatoes, sweet peppers, peas, and carrots in the same 200 square foot garden. What do I do? I lost the lettuce--- nothing can be done about that, but what about the others, and also the remaining maggots in the soil?

Answer: Lettuce is not included in the lists of plants usually attacked by root maggots or seed corn maggots, however these pests do potentially attack a wide range of plants. They can be more prevalent during periods of cool damp weather, so to some extent it may be weather related. I would strongly suggest you work with your local county extension to determine if in fact that is what damaged the lettuce and decide how to proceed.

Here is some more detailed information on maggots with several suggestions for control -- including simple methods for exclusion. (You may need to cut and paste the complete url into your browser to make it work correctly.)

and information on the seed corn maggots including controls

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