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There are five to six species of wireworm native to Alberta and no way to control them.

Fields with wireworms needed for 2018 research

The beetle larvae can live in the soil for up to five years, and there are no insecticides available to control

Wireworms are a big problem in Alberta fields, and an entomologist is seeking help from farmers to find ways to control them. “We have a lot to learn about wireworms,” said Haley Catton who works at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Lethbridge research station. “We need to do a lot more research to figure out how […] Read more

There are about 30 different wireworm species, and they have diverse behaviours and life cycles, which makes a single control measure improbable.

Producers asked to send in wireworm samples

Wireworm numbers are on the rise and AgCanada researchers 
need samples to develop control methods

Producers can help in the effort to find a wireworm control solution by submitting samples to Canada’s wireworm research team. “Lindane (such as Vitavax Dual) insecticide kept wireworm numbers low for several decades on the Prairies,” says Neil Whatley, crop specialist with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development. “(But) since the ban of this organochlorine pesticide […] Read more