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Old May 5, 2018   #1
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Default Killer worms

Anyone recognize this culprit?
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Old May 5, 2018   #2
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What type of plant is it eating?

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Old May 5, 2018   #3
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The plant is an Ultra Boy Tomato (stem which was below soil surface, planted last week)
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Blankty blank wireworms!
Took out my watermelons last year. Been trying to control them since.
They so far haven't messed with my tomatoes.
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Yep, it's a wireworm. I found this site:
https://gardentherapy.ca/tomatoes-under-seig/

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Many thanks for the quick reply. I really appreciate the link to the instructions for a trap.

You've made my day. Thank you again.
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Wow that is something a tomato pest I have never had the joy of encountering. Ugly looking things.

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Bill, I was thinking the exact same thing.
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They mention using a spot where grass was growing before making the area into a garden bed. A friend put sod into her compost and infested her whole garden with wireworms. The potato trick worked well but took time.
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Yep, it's a wireworm. I found this site:
https://gardentherapy.ca/tomatoes-under-seig/

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Thank you for that! I haven't had problems recently but I can remember a whole row of beautiful potato plants in newly created beds being taken out by these bastiges a good while ago. Now that my beds aren't "new" I haven't had the problem but I will remember this when "mission creep" has me digging up new ground for another bed!
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