Thursday, July 12, 2007
For the past several years our ligustrum japonicum hedge has sustained disfiguringly leaf-notching infestations of strawberry root weevil, Otiorhynchus cribricollis. This summer, our hedge is gloriously intact, as the little pesky beetles have not shown their faces nor their appetites, and seem to have died out or moved on (not likely since they don't fly). We are having an exceptionally dry year here in southern California; we don't irrigate the ligustrum so maybe the dry soil has inhibited the growth of the grubs; another factor could be the week of sub-freezing weather we had in winter. Can't really say I miss these guys . . .