Tillage has been shown to reduce wheat stem sawfly survival. Trap crops such as barley, oats, and rye near wheat fields may also attract sawflies and reduce damage to wheat. Finally, planting wheat in large blocks, as is typical in much of Washington may reduce sawfly damage because sawflies are weak flyers and will not reach the center of fields.
Cultural controls are the most effective form of management. In Colorado, insecticides have not proven to be highly effective for sawfly management.