The scarlet lily beetle (Lilioceris lili) may be in for its last meal as researchers at BASF’s nematode facility in Littlehampton, West Sussex believe that Nemasys Fruit and Veg Protection treatment may kill off the damaging pest.
When Nemasys Fruit and Veg Protection treatment is watered onto infected lilies, the scientists believe that the entomopathogenic (pathogenic to insects) nematodes contained in it, can attack and kill the lily beetle larvae and pupae.
Several beetles can be found on a single plant and they easily move from one to another. A single treatment may be sufficient to control the pest throughout the season but, as the mature larvae and pupae are found in the top few inches of soil, particularly in pots, it is best to retreat, ensuring the soil remains moist in summer.
Unlike pellets and chemical-based alternatives, the product is not harmful to use around pets, children or garden wildlife and the whole programme is entirely biological so that all the Nemasys products can be used by organic gardeners.
Nemasys products are a simple, reliable method to ensure your plants are protected throughout the growing season, as one treatment lasts up to six weeks and entire season’s worth of nematodes can be ordered in one go from BASF’s online stockists, which is then delivered to your home as necessary every few weeks, so no more trips back and forth to the garden centre and more time to spend in the garden!