- The fact is that sometimes turtles bite the roots of plants. But that’s not all. Their role in the garden is more complicated.
- Turkuć can be useful. The hidden insects that live mainly underground are, above all, very interesting.
- What is it worth knowing about and what to do with a turkey snack in the garden?
The first contact with a turkey snack can be a big surprise, because we living in Poland are not accustomed to such large insects.
Turku grows up to the size of a house mouse. His huge body is perfectly adapted to the underground lifestyle.
The insect’s front legs turn into shovels to help dig narrow underground passages that stretch for meters into the ground. The marks on the abdomen make it easier to move underground. Croche’s entire body is covered with feathers that isolate the insect from the water.
The underground lifestyle has also almost completely disappeared from their sight.
The name “Turkuć snack” comes from the word “noise” or “noise”. This comes from the characteristic sounds made by the insect.
Turku is a close relative of cricket, locusts, grasshoppers and New Zealand’s giant veto beetles. and, like them, uses voices, among other things, during the mating season to attract partners.
He listens to the reading by placing his hearing organs … on his front legs. The second part of the name, which means “snack”, refers to his habit of eating plant roots.
Contrary to popular belief, turtles do not feed on roots. and plant damage is usually a side effect of digging underground corridors. They are usually called in English mole cricket, that is, cricket moles.
The soil preferred by Turkish snacks is the most moist and soft organic soil. In their underground nests, turkeys build breeding rooms where females look after their eggs and larvae.
The nesting chamber is often the size of a tennis ball, but it has been found to be several times larger.
During each breeding season, the female tortoise lays up to 300 eggs, but only a few live until they reach adulthood. They are the most common victims of predators, including other turtles. They reach adulthood only after two years.
Both turnip larvae and adult insects spend most of their lives underground. The mating season is most often in May and June. This is the most common time on the earth’s surface. Sometimes, when something bothers them, they come out of their nests. Adult turkeys have wings, but rarely fly. He can swim, and teenagers sometimes hunt underwater. They hibernate underground, even at a depth of one meter.
The range of horseradish squash covers most of Europe, North Africa and Central Asia. It is found in Europe from the south of Sweden to central Italy and northern Greece. The British Isles are almost completely extinct, but the rest of Europe, at least, is not yet in danger of extinction.
The International Union for Conservation of Nature has given it the status of “least worrying” about the threat of extinction. However, their numbers have declined in recent decades, most likely due to the widespread use of pesticides.
In their natural habitat, turkeys like to live in moist, loose soil, often near water bodies. Less common in forests.
Thanks to people, they have gained many new habitats that perfectly fit their choices. Turkucie loves fields, vegetable gardens and compost piles.
Are turtles pests? Not necessarily.
It is true that when digging tunnels, turtles can damage plant roots, and the female sometimes deliberately bites the roots above the reproductive chamber to create better conditions for the young.
However, insects are primarily predators. They feed on the larvae of other insects, annelids and mollusks.
Turkucie can fight snails, often causing more damage to plants. They usually eat plant food only when there is not enough food around them. They don’t really have predators under the ground. They can be eaten by birds, foxes and cats when they come to the surface.
When there are too many of them, there can be a problem in the garden. Several insects are unlikely to cause significant damage. However, this mass appearance of turquoise is relatively rare, as the number of insects has decreased significantly in recent decades.
Turku can be a useful ally for the teenage gardener, fighting animals that cause more damage to crops than him. However, if the problem with turtles in the garden is serious, there are several ways to get the turtles out of the garden without harming them, as the insects dig tunnels over a large area of plant roots.
Of course, you can use pesticides, but they will not only kill turtles, but they can also harm many other living things in our garden.
The natural way to return, most effective, sets traps. For example, you can dig jars or other smooth-faced containers to fall to the ground, but they will not come out. Then it is enough to pick them every day and take them to the meadow or forest. You can also trap hibernating insects.
Turkucie snacks prefer warm places in the soil, so in the fall you can bury some natural fertilizer in a hole covered with foil. Before waking up from hibernation, we dig the foil trap again and catch the wintering insects.
case, If there is a turnip nest in our area, you can fill it with a mixture of water and cooking oil. The mixture will not harm the insects, but will force them to flee to a place where we can catch them. Moving to Turkucie can also be motivated by a firm loosening of the soil in the fall and early spring.
It is worth wearing gloves when catching Turku, because insects can bite us while defending themselves, a, living underground, they can be carriers of dangerous microorganisms, such as tetanus rods.