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Wireworm

Description

  • Adult: Click beetle; when placed on its back, it will flip into the air with a snap and land on its feet.
  • Larvae: Slender brownish worms that reach about 1½" long.
  • Eggs: Tiny white globules found in soil. 
     

Timing of damage: VE to V8

Type of damage: Feed on seeds and attack seedlings belowground, drilling into and sometimes through the stalk causing the plant to wilt and die.

Scouting: Set up five bait stations in a field that is suspected of infestation about two to three weeks before planting.

Economic threshold: Treat when there are one or more wireworms per bait station.

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