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Wireworms are the larvae of click beetles. They live in the soil and feed on plant roots, they usually only cause problems when grassy areas are converted to vegetable beds.
Wireworms in potatoes but note that slugs can cause similar damage
There are currently no pesticides available to home gardeners or the treatment of soil pests.
Biological control Cabbage root fly Carrot fly Chafer grubs in garden bordersChafer grubs in lawns CutwormsProtect your gardenSlugsSwift moth caterpillarsVine weevil
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