Worms in Potatoes

Asked August 7, 2019, 4:28 PM EDT

Hello "Ask an Expert" again. Sending some pics of what look like meal worms feeding on "our" potatoes! Can you confirm the precise name of the worm, how it may have gotten in our garden (Planting potatoes in same location too many times? Worm eggs in the seed potatoes?), and any remedies to reduce their presence. Thanks Much

Sweetwater County Wyoming

1 Response

These are wireworms, can be a real problem in potatoes. They are the larval form of click beetles. For control options I would contact Scott Schell the extension insect diagnostician.