nematodes - Knowledgebase Question

Westminster, Co
Question by madgamin88
June 19, 2008
How do nematodes work?

Answer from NGA
June 19, 2008


Beneficial nematodes seek out and kill the immature stages of harmful soil-dwelling insects before they become adults. They can be used to control a broad range of soil-inhabiting insects and above-ground insects in their soil-inhabiting stage of life. More than 200 species of insect pests from 100 insect families are susceptible to these insect predators.

They are a natural and effective alternative to chemical pesticides, and have no detrimental affect on non-target species such as ladybugs, earth worms and other helpful garden insects. Beneficial nematodes can be applied anytime during the year when soil-dwelling insects are present and daytime soil temperatures are above 48-F.

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