Ants are the exception, ants do not tolerate the nematodes near their nests and move the nests away from these areas. You can use Nemasys nematodes to target both soil borne and above ground pests. For instance whilst you are drenching the soil to target carrot root fly, you can also save a little of the solution to spray the soil in your greenhouse for sciarid fly. Equally you can be spraying for caterpillars and if ants are also in the vicinity you can target them at the same time.
When killing above surface pests like cabbage white caterpillars and thrips make sure you spray the pests you want to kill directly with the nematode solution. The great benefit of Nemasys Fruit and Veg Protection is that it provides a simple solution to target key insect pests, with regular application you need not worry about these troublesome critters.
For little outlay to treat 60 sqm the nematodes provide economic control that is safe and suitable for use on organic crops. Use Nemasys Fruit and Veg Protection together with Nemaslug to kill slugs and you will have protection against all the key pests, you can then concentrate on nurturing your plants for great quality produce.
As Nemasys products are not chemicals, they are safe on food crops and do not harm pets, children, wildlife or bees. When the pest dies the nematodes die back to their natural soil numbers.
What pests does Nemasys Fruit and Veg Protection control?
- Carrot Root Fly - Carrot Fly is a serious and widespread pest of carrots, parsnips, celery, celeriac and parsley. It is a weak flier and lurks around field and garden edges locating the target vegetable by scent. Attacks are particularly bad in old established gardens where the population builds up each year. Three generations can appear during the year. The first and worst attack occurs early in the planting season; subsequent attacks are in autumn and winter in mild seasons.
- Cabbage Root Fly - The Cabbage Root Fly is a pest of all brassicas; cabbages, cauliflowers, broccoli, calabrese, Brussels sprouts, kale and root vegetables such as turnip, swede and radishes. It also attacks ornamentals such as stocks, alyssum and wallflowers. Its rapid lifecycle means that the cabbage root fly is a problem throughout the season until it overwinters as a pupae.
- Leatherjackets - Leatherjackets are the larval stage of the crane fly or daddy-long-legs. When you start to see the adult daddy-long-legs in your garden (towards the end of August) you will know that in a few days they will be laying eggs. These will hatch quickly, within two weeks. The young start to feed, continuing throughout winter, ready to gorge on roots in the spring.
- Cutworms - Cutworms are soil-dwelling caterpillars of several species of moth. In June and July the moths lay eggs in batches of 30-50 on leaves and stems. The emerging caterpillars feed on many vegetables, fruit and ornamental plants and, after a couple of months, pupate in the soil. A second generation hatches out in August or September to feed, and to overwinter when the weather gets colder.
- Onion Fly - The onion is the most susceptible plant to the Onion Fly. Leeks, shallots and garlic can also be attacked as well as ornamental alliums. The maggots of the onion fly are up to 8mm long and white and are laid near the base of the plant or in the leaves. There are up to three generation a year, from the spring till late summer, the last generation overwintering as pupae in the soil.
- Ants - Ants have 4 stages, egg, larvae, pupae (or cocoon in some species) and adult. The life span of the ant varies with species from a few weeks to several years. The queen of the black ant can live for up to 15 years. There are about 50 species of ants living in the United Kingdom, but not all are native. The ones that are a problem to gardeners are the common black garden ant, the yellow meadow ant and, red ants.
- Sciarid - Sciarid Fly or Fungus Gnats are greyish-brown flies, about 3-4mm long and have slender bodies. They are found on the soil surface and leaves of pot plants. The maggots, which are white with a black head and up to 5mm long live in the soil and can damage vegetable seedlings or the base of soft cuttings.
- Caterpillars - The caterpillar stage of the butterfly and moth's lifecycle comes in a vast range of sizes, shapes and colours. Fortunately very few of these are of any problem to the gardener that need controlling. The most common of the troublesome ones are the distinctive Large and Small Cabbage White Caterpillars, up to 40mm and 25mm long respectively. The Large Cabbage White has distinctive yellow and black markings and a hairy body. The Small Cabbage White Caterpillar is pale green with a velvety appearance. They both have two generations a year with caterpillars occurring from spring to early autumn.
- Gooseberry Sawfly - The Gooseberry Sawfly is a pest that attacks gooseberries and red and white currants and can strip them of all leaves. All three species of Gooseberry Sawfly Caterpillars are up to 20mm long, pale green and with two of the species being heavily marked with black spots. Damage starts mid to late spring, but there can be several generations in a season.
- Thrips - Thrips feed by sucking sap and cause a discoloration on the upper leaf surface. Some species can spread plant virus diseases. Adult thrips are 1-2mm long and are yellow and brown, black or black and white. They lay their eggs on leaves, buds and petals and the eggs hatch out into larvae which pupate. Generation time can be only two weeks, so it is important to break the live cycle to control this pest.
- Codling Moth - The Codling Moth Caterpillar is small and white with a brown head. It burrows into the fruit of apples and pears in mid to late summer. By the time the fruit is ripe they have finished feeding and drop on to the bark of the tree and the soil immediately underneath to overwinter ready for the moths to emerge in the late spring.
Previously this product was known as Nemasys Grow Your Own.