Malva & Hollyhocks - Knowledgebase Question

Fridley, Mi
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Question by RoxanneWhit
July 30, 2010
My Hollyhocks & Malva are being eaten up by some type of pest.( mainly the foilage)I have sprayed 3 times already with major brand bug killers & have even tried to remove the
infected foilage. They look like hell...but at one time very beautiful!

Answer from NGA
July 30, 2010
July is prime time for the Hollyhock weevil. Hollyhock Weevils are tiny, long gray weevils with snouts as long as the body itself. They feed on hollyhock leaves and buds, chewing small, irregular holes. Females deposit individual eggs in holes in buds and each larva attacks and feeds in a maturing hollyhock seed, destroying it from the inside. About the only effective control is to dust with carbaryl (Sevin) or spray with acephate (Orthene) to prevent serious damage to your plants.

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