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Preventive Control

Natural enemies


  1. Bird
  2. Chicken
  3. Ground beetle

Management and cultural practices

  1. Keep field records where damage has been severe. Avoid planting or fallowing those areas. Click beetles, the adult wireworms, return to the same fields to lay eggs.
  2. Flood fields for at least a month, during sunny weather, to eliminate wireworms.
  3. Control weeds in and around fields, as click beetles feed on weed seeds.
  4. Grow Flax (Linum species) as a cover crop to kill wireworms. Flax, a tropical herb, is also good for controlling root knot nematodes. White mustard and Buckwheat plants are also found to reduce the wireworm population (Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, 1995).
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