Steinernema carpocapsae (Nematodes)

Steinernema carpocapsae (Nematodes)

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How It Works

Harmless to the ornamental crops, humans, the environment and other beneficial insects, these nematodes actively seek out Leatherjackets and Cutworms by swimming in the thin film of water on soil particles.  They locate hosts by detecting carbon dioxide and other waste products. After locating pest larvae, nematodes invade through natural body openings and inject bacteria into the insect. Bacteria develop within the insect and it dies of septicemia.   

 

  Under optimum conditions, the insect can die within 12-24 hours. Insect mortality will depend on the environmental temperature. The minimum soil temperature should be 12°C for nematodes to work most efficiently and the maximum soil temperature should be no more than 26°C.

For control of Leatherjackets (Tipula spp.) in turf

  • Spray/Drench in a minimum of 1,000 litres / ha (2,000 l/ha preferred). Repeat treatments may be needed.
  • Treat in the period June to October (2 weeks after end of adult flight).

 

For control of Cutworms (Agrostis spp.) in turf

  • Spray/Drench in a minimum of 1,000 litres / ha (2,000 l/ha preferred). Repeat treatments may be needed.
  • Treat in the period June to September.
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