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BENEFICIAL NEMATODES

USE: Beneficial Nematodes (BN) attack more than 230 kinds of soil dwelling and wood boring pests, such as flea larvae, white grubs, cutworms, fungus gnat larvae, fire ants. and many more!  Nematodes are microscopic worms that live in the soil and attack these pests. Nematodes are safe for children, pets, and all plants.  They are not to be confused with the Root-Knot Nematode, which is a pest, that these beneficial ones will attack.


For best results, read all the instructions and tips before applying nematodes.  KEEP NEMATODES REFRIGERATED UNTIL USE!

GENERAL RELEASE:

  1. Moisten treatment area before and after applying nematodes.
  2. Remove any screens or filters from your sprayer before applying.
  3. Do NOT apply nematodes during the day!  UV rays damage and kill them, apply early at dawn or in evening at dusk.
  4. You will need the following for the mix and spray method; cheesecloth or fine strainer, an unused hose-end sprayer, and 2 large jars with lids.  We recommend the following steps: A) get 2 large jars with lids (quart size Mason jars). Empty nematodes contents into jar, fill with water, and shake contents periodically for 20 mins until separated. B) strain jar contents using cheesecloth or strainer (that liquid has all your nematodes). C) Pour that liquid into hose-end sprayer..set hose-end sprayer for 2 tsp to start. Keep the strained material for any area you would like to apply directly.  D) Spray on affected area.  Do shake the sprayer occasionally as they tend to settle to the bottom!
  5. Do NOT store nematodes in the water: use them immediately. Nematodes cannot breathe in water.
  6. After applying nematodes, water them into soil quickly.  If covering a large area, do small sections at a time; applying nematodes, then water in repeatedly.
  7. To maintain nematodes’ effectiveness, water thoroughly once a week.

APPLICATION FOR FIRE ANTS:

Use half the contents of the nematode container, returning the remainder of container to refrigerator.  Mix into 3-4 gallons of cool water, then saturate each ant mound, use 1/2 gallon on large ant mounds, 1 quart on medium mounds, 1 pint on small mounds.  Repeat procedure in 5-7 days.

APPLICATION FOR FLEAS:

Since there are different stages of fleas in the yard at once (adult, eggs, larvae, and pupa) and the nematodes attack the larvae of fleas, it is best to apply nematodes in two doses.  If there is a severe flea infestation, it is best to use double the amount of nematodes recommended per square foot.  Using half the recommended amount of nematodes for general application, mix the following instructions.  Then spray according to the instructions and repeat in 5-7 days.

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