Nematodes for Pest Control
In No Guff Vegetable Gardening, we tell readers how nematodes can be used to control fungus gnats in seedlings and worm bins
Here’s what we say about nematodes in the book No Guff Vegetable Gardening:
Nematodes are microscopic-sized worm-like critters that infest and kill soil-dwelling worm-like larvae of a few pest species. Once inside the larvae, bacteria carried by the nematode kill larvae.
MORE: SHOPPING FOR NEMATODES
If you’re shopping for nematodes, here are some points to keep in mind:
- There are many species of nematode, so it’s important to select the species that controls the pest you wish to control
- Besides fungus gnats, nematodes control other pests including white grubs in lawns, iris borer, and root weevils
- Nematodes are a living, perishable product—so make sure what you purchase (1) has not expired and (2) has been properly stored
- Nematodes are usually applied using water as a carrier
Steve says: In one summer job I was tasked with getting white grub cadavers from potted shrubs, then inspecting them under the microscope to see if nematodes had done the dirty work. These little critters really work well.
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Donna Balzer and Steven Biggs