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nemastar® for Flea, Beetle and Cutworm Control
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nemastar® for Flea, Beetle and Cutworm Control

nemastar® contains beneficial nematodes for controlling fleas, beetles, cutworms (Agrotis sp.) and other moths in the soil or media. Price: $45 per 50 million nematodes plus GST and Freight
NZ $45.00

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nemastar® is useful in orchards, nurseries, parks, golf courses, gardens, fields and other areas as part of an integrated pest management programme.

nemastar® contains 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.100% safe to humans and pets. 100% safe to humans and pets!

Delivery                    *Important Information*

Same week delivery is not guaranteed as products are subject to availability. If unsure, please contact Bioforce directly, although be assured that we always aim to deliver as promptly as possible.

Products will only be sent on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, and will not be sent on public holidays. Orders placed after 1pm on Wednesday will likely be sent the following week.  Please contact Bioforce directly by phone if immediate delivery is required, and we will endeavour to accommodate you.  As these products are live organisms, it is important that they arrive quickly to their destination, and we do not send when it is possible they will be in transit over a weekend. Next day delivery is not guaranteed and customers should follow up with CourierPost using the tracking information provided on dispatch.

Bioforce will contact the purchaser advising you of the intended sending date, but only if products will not be shipped within the week of purchase. Please do not purchase the product online if you are unsure, however if the product has been purchased and you are unhappy with the delivery date, we will happily refund you the full amount. Please contact us immediately to complete this, as there will be no refunds once the goods have been sent.

Product Information

nemastar® contains "infective juveniles".

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.

Environmental Conditions

The nematodes are most infective when the growing media temperature are between 15 to 30°C. The efficiency of the nematodes may decrease at higher or lower temperatures. 

The growing media should be moist but not wet. Nematodes cannot swim and are unable to move in water-saturated media. 

Release rate

  • 2.5 billion to 5 billion nematodes per hectare
    • Can be applied with conventional spraying equipment
      • Use a minimum of 1,200 litres of water per hectare
      • ​Do not exceed pressures of 5 bar​
      • Uses nozzles with a minimum of 0.8mm diameter
      • Remove all sieves and meshes

For fleas one standard packet of Nemastar® 50 million nematodes can treat an area of 300 m2 for curative effect or can be used on up to 3,000 m2 for a preventative treatment.  

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.

The cutworms will begin to die around 4 days after application.

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 infective when the media temperature ranges from 12 to 25°C. At higher and lower temperatures, nematode efficacy decreases. 

The ground should be moist but ideally not sodden. Nematodes cannot swim and cannot move effectively in water-saturated potting mix. 


PRICE: $45.00 per 50 million nematodes plus GST and Freight


nemastar® is packaged in a a non-permeable plastic bag to retain moisture. This is further boxed into a folded cardboard outer with instructions for use.

Release and Storage Instructions

  • nemastar® should be used as soon as possible upon delivery.
  • The package may be stored at 4 to 10°C, such as in the fridge, for several weeks (see expiry date on package).
  • DO NOT FREEZE or exposed to more than 30°C.
  • Nematodes can be applied with watering cans or through more commercial methods
  • Remove all sieves and meshes
  • Uses nozzles with a minimum of 0.8mm diameter
  • Do not exceed pressures of 5 bar

A list of compatible pesticides and withholding periods can be found in the publication ‘The Good Bug Book’ Second Edition (2002), Editor Richard Llewellyn.

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About us

We rear and sell biological control agents, the good guys, for the control of plant pests and diseases. Bioforce advocates the sustainable management of horticultural crops.


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Bioforce Team

Contact Details

Ph: (09) 294 8973
Fax: (09) 294 8978
Address: P.O Box 73,
Drury 2247,
New Zealand