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Soil baits

Corn/wheat seed mixture bait (Rice, 1999).

  1. Soak mixture in water for 24 hours to facilitate germination.
  2. Make a hole of 12 cm wide by 30 cm deep.
  3. Place 1/2 cup (of a 1:1 corn/wheat seed mixture) in a hole.
  4. Cover with soil.
  5. Cover the topsoil with plastic to warm the surface and to speed-up germination.
  6. Cover the edges with soil to prevent wind from blowing away the plastic.
  7. Remove the plastic, the soil cover, and the bait after one week.
  8. Destroy and kill the larvae trapped in the baits. Feed larvae to chicken or put them in a pail of soapy water to drown.

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Source: Marlin Rice

Potatoes/carrots soil bait (Ellis; Bradley, 1996: p. 435)

  1. Cut potatoes or carrots into chunks.
  2. Remove the potato 'eyes' to prevent from growing.
  3. Make the pieces big enough and put in sticks.
  4. Bury "staked potatoes/carrots" at a depth of 3-6 cm in the ground. The stick serves as the handle to easily pull the baits out.
  5. Bury randomly in the field.
  6. Leave baits in the soil for 2-3 days. Wireworm will feed on the baits.
  7. Dispose properly the baits and the wireworm.

Pests controlled

  1. White grub
  2. Wireworm

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