Root maggots are destructive parasites that feed on the roots of plants. These parasitic organisms are responsible for the devastation of root crops on your garden. A plant heavily infested with root maggots will have tunnels and roots scattered around its roots causing it to not entirely absorb nutrition from the soil. In this case, the plant will wither and die under extreme sunlight. If the plant does survive, it will have a stunted growth or a sickly and yellow appearance. Learning how to control root maggots will help you in achieving healthier crops. It will also spare you from the frustration that comes each time your plants wither.
Here are the steps that you should follow to control root maggots:
- Always keep your garden clean. Adult root maggots or gray flies usually lay their eggs in moist, dirty areas. Devoting your time in cleaning out your garden everyday will help eliminate objects that will attract these flies. Cleaning out your garden is also another way of preventing the spread of root maggot eggs, in case flies gave your garden a visit during the night. Keeping your garbage bin away from your garden is also another way of preventing the flies from laying their eggs near your garden.
- Remove infested crops from your garden immediately. Removing an infested crop from your garden is a good way to prevent the spread of root maggot infestation. Refusing to do so just because of the prospect of getting your money’s worth over the cost of the plants’ seed will give you more losses. Remember that sometimes, you have to make sacrifices to achieve something better, even if it means uprooting the crops that is worth a lot of money.
- Cover your seedlings. Plants are most vulnerable when they were just newly planted. Therefore, it is vital that you give them protection in order to prevent the onslaught of root maggots. Make it a point to cover your newly planted seedlings all the time. When you do this, make sure that all sides of the seedling rows are covered completely. Doing so will prevent the seedlings from emitting moisture that might attract the root maggots.
- Let the beetles enjoy your garden. Certain types of beetles feed on root maggots. An example is the rove beetle, a tiny gray bug looking just like an earwig. Allowing bugs that naturally feed on root maggots is a guaranteed way of preventing the destruction of your plants’ roots. This can also prove beneficial because they can prey on other parasites that might harm your plants.
- Clean your garden completely after you harvest. Not leaving plant debris each time you harvest is a good way of preventing root maggot infestation. Plant debris often emits moisture, and flies are naturally attracted to moist objects. One of your goals in controlling root maggot infestation should be keeping the flies away. This means you have to exert extra effort each time you plant and harvest your crops.
- Use garden-friendly fertilizers. Using fertilizers that are friendly on plants like compost is a good way of controlling root maggots. However, you must make sure to make the compost yourself to ensure that you will not use infected compost accidentally.
Keeping root maggots at bay is beneficial to your plants. If you follow these steps, you have a guarantee that root maggots will likely not reach a corner of your garden.