Trapping Elaterid Beetles as a Control Measure Against Wireworms

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Investigators of wireworms early observed that elaterid beetles or click beetles, the adults of wireworms, have the habit of gathering under beet tops, slices of potato, piles of straw or other debris lying on the soil surface in open fields. The possible advantage that might be taken of this habit in trapping and collecting these beetles was called to the writers' attention by E. W. Gerry of Ventura, Calif., who in 1930 put out small piles of malva at the rate of one trap pile to the acre in a 12-acre bean field and collected nearly 7,000 beetles underneath these piles. In 1931 he collected over 9,000 beetles from the same field, although the trap piles were not put out until several weeks after the beetles had begun flying.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: February 1, 1939

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  • Journal of Economic Entomology is published bimonthly in February, April, June, August, October, and December. The journal publishes articles on the economic significance of insects and is divided into the following sections: apiculture & social insects; arthropods in relation to plant disease; forum; insecticide resistance and resistance management; ecotoxicology; biological and microbial control; ecology and behavior; sampling and biostatistics; household and structural insects; medical entomology; molecular entomology; veterinary entomology; forest entomology; horticultural entomology; field and forage crops, and small grains; stored-product; commodity treatment and quarantine entomology; and plant resistance. In addition to research papers, Journal of Economic Entomology publishes Letters to the Editor, interpretive articles in a Forum section, Short Communications, Rapid Communications, and Book Reviews.
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