3.1.08 sr: notes ana: match the host plants list with the respective datasheets; although cutworms have many host plants, they are no major pests of all of them, therefore they have not been included in all datasheets of the above mentioned crops; s. by monitoring and decision making: pheromone traps are not available locally. economic threshold for which crop? where? under which conditions?;
Cutworms (Agrotis segetum)
Caterpillars of the common cutworm occasionally attack seedlings by feeding on the roots and cutting off the stems.
- Eliminate weeds early, well before transplanting.
- Plough and harrow the field to expose cutworms to natural enemies and desiccation.
- Dig near damaged seedlings and destroy cutworms.
- Conserve natural enemies. Parasitic wasps and ants are important in natural control of cutworms.