consists of the insect-parasitic nemotode Heterorhabditis
nematode can biologically control the larvae of many species of
white grubs, and is especially effective against the larvae of the
Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica Newman.)
Japanese beetle larvae can cause extensive damage to grass by
eating the root hairs of the plants,
making it more difficult to absorb water and nutrients.
Other animals such as moles, birds, skunks, and opossums can
compound the problem by leaving trails of destruction while
searching the soil for grubs. Terranem can help you put a stop to this!
does Terranem work?
nematode actively searches for insect larvae and then enters a larva
through a natural body opening, sometimes directly through the skin.
Once inside the
the nematode excretes specific bacteria from its digestive tract
before its starts to feed. The
bacteria multiply very rapidly and convert the host tissue into
products that the nematodes take up and use for food.
The larva dies within a few days and the colour changes from
white-beige to orange-red or red-brown. The nematodes multiply and
develop with the dead insect. As
soon as the nematodes are in the infectious third stage, they leave
the old host and start searching for new larvae.
When there are no new hosts present, the nematode population
will slowly decrease.
factors determine the optimal application period:
the development stage of the target host.