BASF, the leading producer of beneficial nematodes used as pest control in British gardens, has now closed its 2019 Nematode Challenge early following a surge of applications.
The Sussex-based company grows trillions of beneficial nematodes for use in its Nemasys range of pest controls. After an initial launch in 2017, the company decided to run its Nematode Challenge for 2019 and worked in conjunction with the National Allotment Society (NAS) for a second successive year to build awareness of the challenge.
BASF launched the search in January for 25 volunteers across the UK to give beneficial nematodes a try and to report on their results. Since then, the company has received more than 150 applications.
Gavin Wood, business development and key account manager for nematodes, said: “We launched the challenge to give gardeners the opportunity to try a new type of pest control and since then we have been overwhelmed with the response we have received! Thank you to everyone who took the time to apply and we look forward to choosing our winners and finding out how they get on in the coming months.”