Beneficial nematodes

Dell Sherk
Mon, 24 May 2010 14:02:16 PDT
I don't remember our having had a discussion about nematodes for pest
control. I have used them for a number of years to control whatever insects
eat holes in my vegetable root crops. Last year I began trying them for
control of cucumber beetles. There I neglected to control the adults
adequately and lost most plants to bacterial wilt. Nematodes are also
supposed to help with flea beetles and any other insect that spends part of
its life underground. And they are not supposed to be harmful to earthworms.


So it occurs to me that they might be useful against insects whose larvae
burrow into bulbs and tubers. Has anyone tried this? Note:  they are also
advertised as being effective against fungus gnat larvae.


I'll be interested in hearing what our collective experience with these tiny
critters is.


Dell, in SE Pennsylvania, zone 6/7

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