Nematodes

Nematodes parasites for many insect pests





Description


Parasitic nematodes belong to the Sternernematidae (Steinernema spp.) and Heterorhabditidae (Heterorhabditis bacteriophora) families. These beneficial worms are used to control a number of pests that attack lawns, market garden crops, small fruits, indoor and outdoor plants, home gardens and more. They measure between 0.4 and 1.5 mm and can be seen with a magnifying glass or microscope.

Entomopathogenic nematodes parasitize a number of pests, including white grubs, rose chafers, Japanese beetles, daddy longlegs, flea beetles, weevil larvae, Lepidopteran caterpillars on the ground and fly larvae. They are not harmful to plants or animals.

This natural method eliminates the damage corn borer larvae cause to your corn plants. You will be reducing your need for environmentally-harmful insecticides while protecting your crops.

Our nematodes are produced in Canada from native strains, which are better adapted to our weather conditions and pests. In nature, nematodes are found in several types of habitats, such as cultivated fields, forests, prairies, deserts and even ocean beaches.


Availability


For the commercial market only.

Targeted crops



  • Market garden crops (cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, lettuce, etc.)
  • Ornamental plants
  • Mushrooms
  • Potted plants
  • Tree Nursery
  • Small fruits et lawns

Targeted pests



  • Rose chafer (Macrodactylus subspinobus)
  • Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica)
  • June beetle (Phyllophaga sp.)
  • Black Vine Weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus)
  • Birch leafminer (Fenusa pusilla)
  • Cranefly
  • Flea
  • Thrips
  • Rose midge (Dasineura rhodophaga)
  • Cutworm
  • Flea beetle
  • Fly larvae

Life cycle


  • Juvenile nematodes look for hosts to infect.
  • They enter the target insects through their natural orifices (mouth, anus and spiracles).
  • A female can lay 60-70 eggs over a period of 1 to 2 weeks.
  • They then release a bacterium that kills the host within a few days.
  • Nematodes cause host death within days.

Format



Sponge

  • 5 million, 10 million, 25 million, 50 million, 100 million, 500 million et 1 billion

Introduction rate



Nematodes
Crops Quantity Surface Frequency Duration
General 10 million 2 000 to 3 000 sq.ft as needed as needed
General 25 million 5 000 sq.ft as needed as needed
General 50 million 10 000 sq.ft as needed as needed
General 100 million 20 000 sq.ft as needed as needed
General 500 million 2,5 acres or 1 hectare as needed aas needed
General 1 milliard 5 acres or 2 hectare as needed as needed

Additional information



  1.   - Entomopathogenic nematodes - University of Florida

Targeted pest


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