Beneficial Nematodes For Organic Pest Control
Over the last couple of years, Japanese beetles have ended up being a MAJOR insect in my gardens. The Japanese beetle population has actually been growing greatly and they have ended up being really harmful. A few years earlier, I was complaining about 10 or 12 of them gnawing on my roses. Last year, we hand picked numerous them every night, They decimated my roses and beans, and harmed lots of other plants in the garden. It’s been awful!
I don’t spray pesticides in my backyard and I motivate my next-door neighbors to stay away from using pesticides too. So I’m constantly looking for ways to manage garden insects naturally. I’ve been releasing ladybugs in my gardens for the past couple of years, and they work fantastic versus aphids and other small pests. I wanted to attempt another natural predator to manage Japanese beetles, and that’s how I found advantageous nematodes.
As you may know, Japanese beetles start their lives as larvae. You’ve probably dug up these larvae (aka grub worms) in your lawn or garden. Many of these grub worms will eventually mature and emerge from the soil as nasty Japanese beetles.
Beneficial nematodes will attack and kill several kinds of soil house pests, not just Japanese beetle larvae. As package says, they will “… hound and eliminate more than two-hundred and thirty bugs”. Bonus! (FYI, they do not hurt other predatory pests like ladybugs).
I bought my advantageous nematodes at Bachman’s, a local garden center, however you can buy them here … Beneficial Nematodes. The gardener there told me that spring or early summer is the very best time to apply the nematodes for Japanese beetles, since the larvae are very near the soil surface area.
In order to spread the beneficial nematodes around the backyard, you require a sprayer to attach to the hose pipe. It’s a quite easy procedure.
HOW TO USE THE USEFUL NEMATODES.
First the container of nematodes requires to be put into water and allowed to soak. This will activate the useful nematodes.
I utilized one gallon of water from my rain barrel to soak the helpful nematodes and permitted it to sit for thirty minutes (per the guidelines).
Beneficial nematodes take a trip finest in damp conditions, so while the nematodes were soaking in water, I watered the lawn to help them out.
After letting the useful nematodes sit for 30 minutes, I utilized a piece of screen to strain out the material that the nematodes came packed in. Beneficial nematodes are unnoticeable to the naked eye, so you simply need to trust that they are swimming around in there.
The last action was to fill the sprayer and spread out the useful nematodes all around the lawn. This task needs to be done after the sun goes down, because direct sunlight will eliminate the nematodes.
I have no evidence that I simply got done spraying 7 million useful nematodes around my lawn, but I truly hope it will make a difference. Not just with the Japanese beetles, but with other bugs like flea beetles and cucumber beetles too. We’ll see.