Wireworms (larvae of elaters) damage root system of many plants - cabbage, carrots, a beet, a tomato, a cucumber, an onions, a potato, and also seeds and shoots.
Elaters have the extended body if them to put on a back, they jump up, doing thus loud click (from here and the name of an insect). Larvae of elaters yellowy-brown, rigid, remind a wire, have three pairs short feet. Eggs white (0.5mm). Larvae develop three-four years.
In struggle against wireworm good results give:
- Careful spring ploughing of soil,
- Catching of elaters, by put in the early spring on a site small heaps of a grass, straw.