The snout beetle can grow up to 12 millimeters long. For snout beetles to multiply, only females are required, as they lay unfertilized eggs that hatch into larvae which are then kept hidden in the soil. The snout beetle is common in southwestern Sweden and can attack leaf edges on some ornamental plants, the larvae in turn can damage plant roots. It is only active at night, during the day it hides in the ground. However, it lacks the ability to fly and therefore moves slowly by crawling.
How to avoid them:
- Examine your newly purchased garden plants carefully at the roots where there may be larvae.
Suitable treatments: replant your potted plants and change soil.