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    Default Wireworm, HELP!!

    I've found (after some googling of images...) that I have wireworm larva in my soil. Quite a lot actually, whenever I'm out in the plot I find more! How do I get rid of them?

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    There are things like bran use, bran in a bag buried in the ground attracts the wireworm these are dug up after a period of time and destroyed, there is also a plant that attracts the wireworm which enter the plant via the roots the plant then dies and the wireworm die with it or something like that.

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    Gosh my eyes need checking! I read Fireworm and was wondering WHATis THAT??? lol

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    Yeah I saw that too, seems quite expensive though, was hoping I could find a cheaper method. However, I found on an American site that there is actually a false wireworm which isn't harmful. I wonder if we have them in the UK too...

    What kind of bran do you mean? Where could I buy it? Thanks Paul!

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    Gosh my eyes need checking! I read Fireworm and was wondering WHATis THAT??? lol
    Ha ha, that happens a lot to me when I glance at thread titles

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    Not very sure to be honest..but I do recall that spuds are the main plant they affect- and if you plant earlies there will be less damage.
    Also peas tend ot to be affected.

    I think they are a 'normal' problem with warm, south facing pieces of grassland, and with each year of cultivation you will have less and less problems!

    ( I'm concerned about what's in my recently dug up piece of field...hence my interest!!!)

    Might be a bit late if you have already bought your spuds..but you can still eat them- they just won't store well!

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    PS...you need to buy/borrow some chooks!!!!!( if you've not got some already!!!!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nicos View Post
    Not very sure to be honest..but I do recall that spuds are the main plant they affect- and if you plant earlies there will be less damage.
    Also peas tend ot to be affected.

    I think they are a 'normal' problem with warm, south facing pieces of grassland, and with each year of cultivation you will have less and less problems!

    ( I'm concerned about what's in my recently dug up piece of field...hence my interest!!!)

    Might be a bit late if you have already bought your spuds..but you can still eat them- they just won't store well!
    My tatties are all planted already, most of the maincrop ones are in containers, so they should be fine, got 1st and 2nd earlies in the soil though, I hope they're ok! My plot is just a piece of an old field (south facing), not cultivated til I dug it up last autumn/winter! Hopefully the birds will get them...

    Just been googling and found some info. that said you should bury a piece of potato with a skewer through it, the wireworm should burrow into it and then you can just pull it out with them in it! I'm going to try that and maybe find some bran bags too! Killed another 10, I went for a quick wireworm hunt before tea!

    Thanks for the advice!

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    PS...you need to buy/borrow some chooks!!!!!( if you've not got some already!!!!)
    Yup I agree! In the process of convincing my boyfriend, he still says no!!

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