The Q&A Archives: Wireworm Control

Question: What is the best way to rid the soil of wireworms? They destroyed half a row of bean plants, and I've given up growing potatoes because of them.

Answer: Wireworms are the larvae of the click beetle and are often a pest of potatoes, beets, and beans. You should plant your potatoes in a different garden spot this year. To help control the problem, cultivate the soil frequently to expose and kill the wireworms. Try planting a cover crop of clover in the garden area -- it repels wireworms. If all fails, don't plant potatoes, beets, beans, or carrots for a few years, until the population of click beetles dwindles.

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