Nematodes are micro-organisms that occur naturally in the soil, where they hunt down and attack pests, with each nematode species having its own specific prey. This means that they will harm their prey, and only their prey.
Nemasys pest control products from BASF replicate nature by increasing the amount of these microscopic organisms that are already present in the soil to give nature a helping hand in fighting pests in your garden, without ever upsetting the delicate eco-system. Once the pests have gone, nematodes die back to their natural level. They are a sophisticated, yet simple, biological method of ridding gardens and allotments of pests, and can be applied by simply watering them on!
BASF grow nematodes to control slugs, leatherjackets, ants, vine weevils and chafer grubs, as well as a product containing a number of different nematode species which will protect against a range of pests that attack various fruit and vegetables. An entire season’s worth of pest control can be purchased via online stockists and delivered straight to your door throughout the season. BASF is passionate about supplying its nematodes fresh, rather than dried, as this ensures the quality of the product remains high and consistently effective.
To use nematodes, simply select the appropriate product, mix with water and either pour from a watering can or spray onto the foliage and soil, depending on the variety. This process is repeated throughout the season, from the moment that the first signs of pests occur, and can be easily slotted into your regular watering routine. There is no need to keep children or pets away from treated areas and the whole programme is entirely biological, so all the Nemasys products can be used by organic gardeners, causing no harm to non-target species or wildlife.
BASF’s Gavin Wood said, “By harnessing and replicating what happens naturally within the soil, we have been able to create an effective pest control product that doesn’t upset the balance of the environment.”