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Natural Pest Control

Natural Pest Control with Nematodes


Biological pest control

Biological pesticides increase significantly in popularity. They fight pests in ornamental and vegetable garden in a natural way – completely safe for humans and pets. Unlike chemical agents to the biological plant protection no resistances arise. Therefore, the funds remain effective in the long term.

Nematodes – Bacteriophora

When pests are harmful to plants or plant-eating animals are called that cause by their mass occurrences and the ability to multiply quickly, damage to ornamental and useful plants. In biological pest natural enemies of these animals to be targeted. The products of e-nema-called commensal nematodes (roundworms) of the species Steinernema feltiae, Heterorhabditis bacteriophora and Steinernema carpocapsae as beneficial to use.

How does this work in practice?

The example of the control of grubs of garden chafer can be the benefit of useful nematodes explain well: garden chafer are frequently encountered pests in the home garden. The females of this species of beetle lay their eggs in the soil at the end of May. From these eggs hatch into larvae (called white grubs ). These cause the most damage by eating the roots of grass.

To reduce the grubs are nematodes used that as the grubs live in the soil. These beneficial organisms invade the grubs and grubs from but in a symbiotic bacterium. After 2-3 days of grub dies. In infested pest to multiply the nematode .

After 2-3 weeks, the predators leave the dead animal host and infect new living grubs . This process continues as long as continued until no more can be found living hosts.

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