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Baiting for Wireworms

March 20, 2003

At this time of year, we always write an article about anticipating wireworm infestations by placing solar bait stations in suspect fields. Because this procedure has not changed for years, the article is essentially the same this year. You may be tired of reading it, and we get tired of our own redundancy. (As my son has asked, "Isn't that from the Department of Repetitive Redundancy?") So, because past articles are archived on the Web, I refer you to last year's article in the Bulletin (issue no. 1, March 22, 2002) to review the procedure for placing bait stations in the soil for detection of wireworms. The only change I would make would be to include two additional products in the table--Capture 1.15G, applied at 3.2 to 8 ounces of product per 1,000 feet of row in a band or in furrow, and Empower, applied at 6.4 to 8 ounces of product per 1,000 linear feet of row in a band, or applied at 3.2 to 8 ounces of product per 1,000 linear feet of row in furrow. Both of these products are restricted for use by certified applicators. Please read the label for more instructions and precautions.--Kevin Steffey

Author: Kevin Steffey


The Pest Management and Crop Development Bulletin
Executive Editor: Kevin Steffey, Extension Entomologist

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