Melon (Cantaloupe, muskmelon, and watermelon)-Wireworm

Limonius spp.

Pest description, crop damage and life history

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Management-biological, cultural, tactical

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Management-chemical control: HOME USE

  • bifenthrin (granular form) -Some formulations are prohibited in coastal counties.
  • zeta-cypermethrin

Management-chemical control: COMMERCIAL USE

  • bifenthrin + avermectin (Athena) at 0.058 to 0.116 lb ai/a at plant application. REI 12 hr.
  • bifenthrin + indole butyric acid (Empower 2) at 0.04 to 0.1 lb ai/a. PHI 3 days. REI 7 days. Do not exceed 0.3 lb ai/a per season. Retreatment interval 7 days.
  • chloropicrin (Telone)-Preplant.
  • diazinon (Diazinon 50W) at 3 to 4 lb ai/a broadcast and incorporate into top 4 to 8 inches prior to planting. REI 3 days.