Entomopathogenic nematode, species Steinernema carpocapsae
Infective juveniles of a threadworm that parasitises a large variety of insect prey, especially beetles, fleas, cutworms (Agrotis spp.), and other moths. 100% safe to humans and pets.
The Pest – Greasy Cutworms
nemastar® contains "infective juveniles".
The caterpillars of the greasy cutworm cause damage to the emerging shoot by clipping it off at the ground, killing the developing plant. Greasy cutworms attack crops including pasture, brassicas, cereals and maize.
The Pest – Fleas
Fleas can torment your pets year round causing skin irritations and in serious cases anemia. There are 4 main species of fleas in New Zealand, each with a specific host target but all have the ability to bite non target hosts.
The Solution – nemastar®
The infective juveniles of nemastar® are ambush predators, and are most effective against mobile prey. Once caught, they crawl inside the prey through breathing spiracles or other orifices, release a beneficial bacteria to break down the pests internal organs, and feeds on the bacterial slurry. The nematodes then breed in the cadaver, which eventually breaks apart releasing more nematodes into the soil.
Greasy Cutworms - Agrotis ipsilon
Apply in the evening or during cloudy weather, the nematodes are very susceptible to UV and drying out. For optimum results, the soil should retain some moisture for several weeks.
Please seek the assistance of a crop scout or phone or email us directly for guidance. The advice above is indicative only, and more specific advice may be beneficial.
The nematodes are most infective when the media temperature is between 15 to 30°C. At higher and lower temperatures, nematode efficacy decreases.
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