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Beet > Root > Holes in root

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Agriotus spp., Melanotus spp.

  • Tunneling and holes in roots
  • Leaves show no damage
  • More common in gardens that were previously in grass or sod
  • Larvae are thin, shiny, jointed, yellow to reddish-brown color, and approximately ¼ - 1 ½ inch long
  • Larvae can be found throughout the growing season
  • More information on Wireworms...
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  • Irregular or smooth holes chewed in carrot root
  • "Pieces" of beet may be missing

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