Got Grubs? Gnats? Leaf Miners? Weevils? Then Get Nematodes – an All-Natural Insect Control Solution.
We carry NATURAL INSECT CONTROL, the only Beneficial Nematode producer in Canada. They have isolated and are now producing Canadian strains of nematodes, the only Canadian nematodes on the market!
What does this mean?
• Canadian strains are more cold tolerant (500F/100C)
• More aggressive (specifically selected nematodes)
• Fresher (harvested daily)
• Live Host Raised = organic faster control & natural affinity for grubs
LAWN GUARDIAN for Lawn Grubs (eg: June & Japanese beetle larva, European Chafer)
GUARDIAN for Crane flies (Leatherjackets)
GUARDIAN for Sod Webworm
GUARDIAN for Birch Leaf Miner – Birch, Elm and Ash Leaf Miners
GUARDIAN for GARDENS (Flower & Veggie) – Onion + Carrot Maggots, Flea Beetles, Cut Worms, Rose Chafer, Rose Midge, Thrips & more
GUARDIAN for Fungus Gnats – Fungus Gnats
GUARDIAN for Fleas – Fleas
NEMA-PRO – Black Vine Weevils
Both Steinernema and Heterorhabditis nematodes have similar life cycles. It is a non-feeding infective (juvenile) nematode that seeks out an insect host and releases its bacteria to initiate an infection in the host that causes the insect to die, within 24 – 48 hours. Nematodes using the pest host as a breeding chamber produce many generations and thus release hundreds of thousands of new infective nematodes. It has been demonstrated that numerous insect pests are susceptible to nematode infections, but there is no adverse effects in non-target insects like ladybugs. This bacterium is specific to beneficial nematodes and their host and is NOT harmful to people, pets, plants, etc.
It is important to irrigate both before and after application as nematodes use the water channels to travel through the soil to reach the grubs. The soil must be wet to below the level of the grubs. Field application of nematodes to dry turf with 3 inch pre-treatment irrigation followed by 3 inch post treatment irrigation with normal rainfall resulted in Japanese beetle grub control comparable to a standard insecticide (Sheltar 1987). Attention to irrigation is particularly critical when applying nematodes to control summer populations of grubs.
Application Timing: Spring & Fall as a routine lawn maintenance program.
Apply beneficial nematodes in early spring thru fall as long as the soil temperature does not fall below 50ºF (10ºC) or rise above 82ºF (28ºC) and when pests larvae are in the soil.
To avoid the effects of solar radiation, as nematodes are ultraviolet sensitive (Gaugler & Boush 1979), application in early morning or early evening is recommended. More than one application of nematodes may be required for acceptable control when soil environments are not conducive for nematode persistence. Spring applications are necessary if grubs are present in the soil.