Melon (Cantaloupe, muskmelon, and watermelon)-Wireworm

Limonius spp.

Pest description, crop damage and life history


Management-biological, cultural, tactical


Management-chemical control: HOME USE

  • bifenthrin (often as a mix with zeta-cypermethrin)
  • cyfluthrin
  • zeta-cypermethrin

Management-chemical control: COMMERCIAL USE

  • bifenthrin/Avermectin (Athena) at 0.06 to 0.12 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.
  • thiamethoxam (Cruiser 5FS) as seed treatment.