How to Make a Wireworm Trap
Finally some nice weather has me outside to check on my newly transplanted early tomatoes and WHAT THE?!
The wilty and pale sad little transplants looked perfectly healthy 2 days ago.
I pulled one up to replace it with a backup and WHAT THE %$^&%$%^&*?! There’s wire worms eating them from the inside out.
I think this one is actually drooling….
I dug around in the soil only to find a whole bunch of these ugly critters. I had planted lettuce transplants early in the season in the same raised bed which all mysteriously disappeared days after planting. I blamed the slugs. I killed LOTS of baby slugs to terrify the other hidden slugs. But could it have been these nasty little wireworms that ate my lettuce?
If you recently transformed a grassy part of your yard to a garden bed (check out Turning Lawn into a Vegetable Garden with Raised Beds) then you may have an abundance of wireworms just waiting for tender seedlings. The best way to remove them is by setting up a wireworm trap. Cut a potato in half and skewer it with a long stick. Bury the potato in the soil (or make a few of these for large beds / lots of wireworms), ensuring that the top of the stick stays above the soil so you can find them. In a week or so, carefully dig up (not pull up) the trap and remove the wireworms. Replace and keep removing the worms until you don’t find them anymore – you are now ready to plant!