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Wireworm feeding can destroy corn seeds before they germinate, deform the roots of beets and carrots, and damage potato tubers.
Wireworms are the larvae of click beetles; the larvae have segmented bodies and a hard, shiny, reddish brown protective covering. Overwintering beetles emerge in spring and lay their eggs near the roots of grasses and other plants. Once the larvae hatch, they can live in the soil and feed on seeds, roots, bulbs and tubers for two to six years. Wireworms are most likely to be a problem in new gardens that were recently covered by sod. They are found throughout North America.
Last updated: 10/24/15
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