worms in garlic

Asked October 11, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT

My garlic looked beautiful when harvested but after drying I discovered many cloves destroyed by small (1/4") white worms. In any head, some cloves were still perfect but others were brown and dried and had tunnels eaten through them. I did find the white worms on some of them. Are they onion maggots? Can I safely plant next years crop from my cloves? How can I control them? I have captured some of the critters and would be glad to bring them for you to see.

York County Pennsylvania master gardener program garlic planting garlic horticulture

1 Response

The best thing to do is to take samples into your local extension office. They will be able to help you.