Using our nematode products act as a natural pest control because they utilize the pests as a method of replication and in this natural process, those irritating grubs are eliminated. Having a sustainable population of nematodes acts as a lawn insect control method that continuously defends your property until those insects are eliminated. After this process, the nematodes slowly perish as their food source is depleted.
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Certain species of nematodes are considered “beneficial” as they can be used as a natural method of pest control primarily in the agricultural, gardening, and lawn care industries. These nematodes are referred to as Entomopathogenic nematodes; a grouping of nematodes causing death to insects. They are applied during peak times of pest reproduction, which is usually during the spring, summer, and fall months. Nematodes control the source of the solution by feeding on the pest larvae and reproducing inside the body cavity exponentially. Once this process occurs, the growing medium is left with an increased number of nematodes than what was initially applied.
Nematodes are applied both as a preventative measure and an immediate control method. There are different times throughout the spring, summer, and fall when you should apply them, and it depends on the issues you have with your lawn. Refer to our blog and other resources so you can learn how to diagnose the issue.
As a rule of thumb, Grubs are a common issue in the early spring (April-May), Ants start to become a problem in late May, Chinch Bugs are an issue during early summer (Late June – July), and Grubs emerge again in the late summer/fall months (August-September).
There are a few methods to apply nematodes depending on the product you choose. Our NemaknightsTM and Pot PopperTM products have our nematodes encased in a pearl so they allow for an easy, clean, and shakable product that can be applied as a spot treatment or to separate potted plants.
If you’re looking to treat a large area such as your lawn or garden, our NemaglobeTM products offer a spray-on solution. Simply place 1 teabag of product into a hose-end sprayer (choose the rain setting), fill with water to the max fill line (or approximately 1 L), shake vigorously, and apply the solution to the lawn using a side-to-side motion. There will be some residue leftover in the teabag, but all of the nematodes should be used once the water coming out of the sprayer is a clear colour.
IMPORTANT: After applying the nematodes, whether you have used the shakable or spray-on solutions, make sure to water the treated area to ensure the nematodes enter the soil. If you skip this step, then you will not have the full effectiveness of the product.
The most ideal sprayer to use would be a hose-end sprayer so that a consistent flow of water is maintained, although backpack sprayers can be used as well. We recommend our hose-end sprayer as it is tailored specifically for nematode application.
If you currently own a hose-end sprayer and wish to use it, ensure that there is no screen inside the sprayer as it can promote clogging.
Typically, results are seen within 10-14 days after sufficient time has been given for the nematodes to develop and reproduce. Nematodes eliminate the pest larvae, so adult insect populations may remain stable for some time until they die off from lack of resources. Since the larvae are eliminated, reproduction will not occur.