What Nematodes Should I Buy?

March 15, 2013 by  
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So, you have decided to use beneficial nematodes in the treatment of your pest problems.  But now  you are faced with determining where to buy your nematodes, how many nematodes to buy, or if it even matters.  Considering the writers of this blog work for a nematode supplier, you may have an idea where this is going, but we hope the following serves as a truly informational and factual nematode buying guide.

Consider when buying nematodes

-Where are your nematodes actually coming from?

The first things to consider in selecting your nematode supplier is where (geographically) they are coming from, and who is selling them.  When buying a perishable and microscopic product, you certainly want to make sure you chose a reputable supplier.  Many suppliers are actually re-sellers of nematodes, meaning they don’t actually produce the product you are purchasing.  So what does that matter?  Nematodes are perishable little guys, especially before they create a nice cozy home for themselves in your soil.  Shipping stresses them, and can even kill many of them if they are not adequately packaged or if they end up in transit too long.  Buying from a re-seller could mean you are purchasing nematodes that have spent too much time in shipment or storage, resulting in many fewer living nematodes than you paid for.  Unfortunately, without a microscope most customers don’t even have the ability to check whether their product is living or dead.  BioLogic is a nematode producer with experience shipping nematodes all over the world. We are experts on selecting the type of shipment that will ensure your nematodes arrive in tact and alive, at a fair price.  And being the producer, the nematodes start out without any earlier stress from shipment.

-How many nematodes do I need?

The next thing to consider is the number of active units (aka infective juvenile nematodes) you need to effectively treat your garden or lawn.  As nematodes become more popular, there are an increasing number of nematode suppliers out there making all sorts of promises.  They employ creative marketing techniques and often times exaggerate application rates.  BioLogic recommends 13,000-35,000 nematodes per square foot.  This number varies a bit depending on the pest, so check out our website or contact us  for specific application rates for your pest.  Our recommendation is based on our research, and the research of reputable institutions like Cornell University.  In an effort to sell more nematodes, many companies exaggerate their application rates.  They will claim that lesser amounts of nematodes will treat a larger area.  Or, they will (in small print) tell you to reapply every 2 weeks- who has time for that?  When comparing prices remember to compare the number of active nematodes in each package as well.  You are not getting a great deal if the product you buy doesn’t actually have enough nematodes to take care of pests in the size garden you are treating.  BioLogic’s advice is if the company can’t give you the correct application rate, stay away.  Chances are they don’t really know much about nematodes, and they are just trying to make a buck on customers that don’t know better.  And if they don’t list the number of nematodes on the package… stay far far away.  If you try to spread too few nematodes over too large a space, you are not likely to have very good results and may be inclined go back to potentially harmful chemicals.

-Where to buy nematodes?

The last thing to consider in determining where to buy your nematodes, is what retail outlet you should actually chose.  Nematodes can be purchased online, in big box stores, or at garden centers.  Big box shops are now carrying nematodes, but if you can’t trust the college kid working there to direct you to the hardware section, do you really want to trust him to give you advice on something like beneficial nematodes?  Large hardware stores are good at selling nails and screws because they are not perishable, but nematodes require a bit more tender loving care.  We aren’t saying these stores are bad (in fact we quite like them!) just remember that you want to ensure you are buying a product that has been carefully stored at the right temperature.  If you want to go this route be sure to ask questions and tread cautiously.  BioLogic considers reputable garden centers to be the ideal place to buy nematodes.  Before selling our products through a garden center we walk the staff through the proper storage and application of our products.  When you buy our products from a garden center you can have comfort knowing the products were properly stored, and the staff educated. Check out if there is a garden center near you that carries our products here.  Don’t see a garden center near you?  Ask your local garden center to start carrying our products!  Or you can always buy directly from BioLogic, the producer, on our website.

We sincerely hope this guide helps you navigate the world of nematodes and chose a reputable supplier.  BioLogic wants people to have a good experience and realize success with nematodes, and we certainly hope this guide helps!  As always, if you have any questions feel free to explore our website or contact us.

Ready to buy nematodes?  We recommend our Lawn and Garden Scanmask product or try the easy to spray version.

Lawn and Garden ScanmaskScanmask Spray 10 Million

Feel free to ask us questions below.

 

Comments

102 Comments on "What Nematodes Should I Buy?"

  1. Brevoort Walden on Thu, 25th Apr 2013 12:40 am 

    Hi. I have a poplar borer problem in my aspen trees. Is your product a good choice for control of this pest?

  2. biologiccompany on Thu, 25th Apr 2013 1:51 pm 

    Hi. The nematode that you will want to treat the poplar clearwing borer with is Scanmask (S. feltiae). We recommend treat with about 80,0000 nematodes per bore hole, actually spraying or injecting into the hole and infected area. Then covering the bore hole with putty. Scanmask works great for borers, the only problem is that to you will need to spray into each bore hole which can be labor intensive. But since the clearwing borer has a long lifecycle the process should not have to be repeated too frequently. I would recommend or 1M, 5M, or 10M Scanmask spray product depending on how many bore holes you have.

    Just a tip, borers tend to target stressed trees, make sure they are being watered and fertilized adequately.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic

  3. colleen on Sat, 27th Apr 2013 11:27 am 

    I have a severe gnat ( or midge) issue, what do you suggest?

  4. biologiccompany on Sun, 28th Apr 2013 12:01 am 

    Hi Colleen. I would suggest treating with one of our Scanmask products (Steinernema feltiae). The nematodes in Scanmask work great for fungus gnats. One million treats about 28 square feet. Thanks for the question!

  5. john sypien on Thu, 2nd May 2013 2:55 am 

    I live in Florida, I can’t walk outside my yard is flea infest they are cat fleas what can I use to rid this problem

  6. biologiccompany on Thu, 2nd May 2013 12:08 pm 

    Hi John. I would recommend any one of our Ecomask products. The nematode in Ecomask, S. carpocapsae is best suited for flea larva. Thanks for the question.

  7. Tee2e on Sun, 19th May 2013 4:22 pm 

    Hi

    We have white grub and fleas in a 4000 sq ft area. what’s thge best product or combination of products to combat?

  8. biologiccompany on Mon, 20th May 2013 1:42 pm 

    Hi,

    The best product for the white grubs is our Heteromask product. However, depending on where you live it might be too late to apply Heteromask for the summer. I would suggest treating in late August through September with Heteromask for the white grub problem. The flea larva are more susceptible to our Scanmask product. You can treat anytime the soil is not frozen for fleas. Concentrate your application on the shaded areas of the lawn. Thanks for the question. Feel free to ask more questions if the arise.

    BioLogic Company

  9. Sam Prisuta on Sun, 2nd Jun 2013 4:19 am 

    I bought scanmask nematodes a few months ago and used them to rid my wife’s Hosta beds of grubs, and to eliminate a few large ant hills that have plagued me for years. I was AMAZED that in a few weeks, the ants were gone, and the Hostas have NO sign of any bug infestation. The nematodes really did the job, and I’m sure that I will be ordering more soon!

  10. Beth on Sun, 7th Jul 2013 12:08 am 

    Okay, you suggested using heteromask for my Japanese beetles–which I can’t wait to try, but what about the whitefly problem on my knockout roses?? Same spray or a different one? Needless to say our yard, which borders a wooded area, is somewhat vulnerable to lots of critters and insects. BTW I’m loving your very informative website. Thanks!
    Beth

  11. biologiccompany on Mon, 8th Jul 2013 12:23 pm 

    Hi Beth,

    Unfortunately nematodes will not be able to help you with the white fly problem. White flies live on the foliage and the nematodes live in the soil so the two never have a chance to interact. I would suggest a soft soapy mixture or neem oil applied to the underside of the leaves. As for the other insects you might try our Scanmask product. Scanmask controls the largest variety of pests, but without knowing what type of insects are around your lawn it is difficult to say what the control will be like.

    Thanks again for the questions,

    BioLogic Company

  12. Jay on Wed, 10th Jul 2013 12:08 am 

    Hey,
    I have one acre of lawn with a large garden in that acre. We have a moderate June bug, Japanese Beetle and mole problem. I would like to treat the whole yard and garden.. What do you suggest?
    Thanks,

    In North Carolina.

  13. biologiccompany on Wed, 10th Jul 2013 2:01 pm 

    Hi Jay,

    The beetles are adults right now, so applying in late September after they have laid their eggs in the turf would be your best option. Apply with Heteromask at a rate of 19,000/sq. ft. Since a biological approach is more expensive than chemicals I would suggest you treat only the areas of the lawn and garden with damage or signs of grub activity. Without a host to infect the nematodes will die off over time, so treating an area without grubs is a waste of money and time.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  14. Anna on Thu, 11th Jul 2013 4:42 pm 

    I’m on Long Island & have 2 potted Brugmansia – one in a 12 gal container & another in a 3 gal container. Both have fungus gnats. How much Scanmask should I use for each container & what would be the best way to apply it? Also, how long do the nematodes stay alive? Thank you for your time. Have a wonderful day.

  15. biologiccompany on Fri, 12th Jul 2013 5:33 pm 

    Hi Anna,

    You could use either our 1M or 5M Scanmask Spray product and split it between the two pots. I would suggest treating any other pots you have inside or in the general area as well. Just mix the nematodes into water and apply through a watering can. It is difficult to give a length to how long the nematodes will stay alive especially in pots. To maximize the time they are alive make sure the soil never dries out completely.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  16. Chris on Sat, 13th Jul 2013 2:15 am 

    I have cucumber beetles popping up all over my cucumbers and melons. When and what should I use?

  17. biologiccompany on Sat, 13th Jul 2013 8:13 pm 

    Hi Chris,

    Unfortunately there is little that can be done about the adult cucumber beetles. But the good news is cucumber beetle larvae, commonly known as corn root worms, can be controlled by the nematodes in Scanmask. There will probably be two more generations this year so I would recommend treating now. Use Scanmask around the plants that are infested as this will probably be where the eggs will be laid.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  18. Renae Hughes on Wed, 17th Jul 2013 4:56 pm 

    Good Afternoon ;) I read today that nematodes are good to get rid of a mosquito problem. My mom’s yard is about 30’x60′ and you cannot sit outside for the critters biting you! I see that it obviously takes a lot of nematodes to treat this size of yard and in reading there are different types to purchase. Therefore, what type and how much do I purchase? Thank you, Renae Hughes

  19. biologiccompany on Thu, 18th Jul 2013 4:04 pm 

    Hi Renae,

    Unfortunately you were given some bad information. Nematodes are soil dwelling organisms. The mosquitoes either live in standing water as larvae or as adult flies. No where in their life cycle would nematodes be able to infect and kill the mosquitoes. The best advice is to remove any standing water you can, and what you can\’t you may try adding mosquito dunks. Sometimes crane flies are mistaken for mosquitoes and crane fly larvae can be controlled by nematodes, but if you are getting bites then they are definitely mosquitoes.

    Thank you for the question sorry we can not help more,

    BioLogic Company

  20. Patricia on Thu, 25th Jul 2013 12:37 am 

    How much and what type of nematode can I use for 1/2 acre dog run? I am in the Pacific NW where everything grows like weeds, esp fleas!
    Thanks

  21. biologiccompany on Thu, 25th Jul 2013 12:17 pm 

    Hi Patricia,

    You can treat fleas with either S. carpocapsae or S. feltiea (Ecomask or Scanmask).

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  22. TMount on Fri, 26th Jul 2013 1:01 am 

    I recently had black vine weevils DECIMATE my clematis which is several years old. I understand that the next step in their life cycle is for any eggs they may have dropped in the garden to hatch into larvae which will then attack the roots. I’m not sure how the weevils arrived in my garden, so I don’t want to only treat the clematis but the other perennials (including some new plantings) surrounding it as well. Which nematodes should I use? I think I will be treating approximately 75 sq ft.

  23. biologiccompany on Fri, 26th Jul 2013 1:53 pm 

    Hi,

    Black vine weevils usually are introduced by bringing new plants into your garden or flower beds as they are not very mobile insects. You are correct the next stage of their life cycle are eggs that will quickly hatch into grubs that begin feeding on the roots of the plants. This is actually where most of the damage is done, but it is also where the nematodes can infect and kill the black vine weevils. I would suggest our 25M Heteromask product. It is a bit more than what you will need, but I would suggest broadening your application to plants surrounding the clematis and any plants you may have introduced in the last couple years. When applying water the treatment area first, apply Heteromask with a coarse spray, and then water again. The nematodes will begin hunting down the larvae.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  24. Lori on Fri, 2nd Aug 2013 9:18 pm 

    Hi, I live in Pennsylvania and have a reoccurring flea problem. What type of nematodes would i use in my 0.6 acre yard?

    Thank you!

  25. biologiccompany on Mon, 5th Aug 2013 2:48 pm 

    Hi Lori,

    I would recommend our 50M Scanmask Spray, and concentrate the application around shrubs and shaded areas of your lawn.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  26. Denise on Sun, 25th Aug 2013 11:59 am 

    Do Nematods help with tick infestations? I live in South Florida.

  27. biologiccompany on Mon, 26th Aug 2013 3:56 pm 

    Hi Denise,

    No nematodes will not help with a tick infestation. Nematodes are soil dwelling organisms and ticks spend their life entirely above ground. Without a part of their lifecycle in the soil there is not much chance of the two interacting.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  28. Heather on Mon, 26th Aug 2013 6:24 pm 

    Are nematodes to use in a yard where there are Miniature Schnauzers? We live in Central Texas and the Japanese Beetles are horrible. We read that we could dust our front and back yard with the HC nematodes to get them now while they are mating and fixing to lay their eggs. Is that true? And most important will they harm our dogs? Are dogs are always trying to scavenge for all kinds of bugs, so we want to make sure that if they did get into the nematodes and digest them that they would be safe!!

    Thanks,
    Heather

  29. Ken Hovanes on Mon, 26th Aug 2013 7:14 pm 

    I am an amateur beekeeper and have been keeping hives for several years. This year I’ve seen a pretty significant increase in the number of Small Hive Beetles. (scientific name: Aethina tumida Murray (Insecta: Coleoptera: Nitidulidae). I’m trying to break the lifecycle of the beetles with Nematodes since they leave the hive (after hatching) and then have to burrow into the ground for to pupate. Will your nematodes help control their numbers?

  30. biologiccompany on Mon, 26th Aug 2013 7:37 pm 

    Hi Heather,

    First and most importantly, the beneficial nematodes we sell are completely safe for all vertabrates. Late summer and early fall is the best time to treat for any white grub with nematodes. I would recommend our Heteromask product which contains Heterohabditis bacterophora nematodes (Hb).

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  31. biologiccompany on Mon, 26th Aug 2013 7:38 pm 

    Thanks for the order Ken. Keep us posted on the results.

    Kind regards,

    BioLogic Company

  32. Nancy Mende on Sun, 8th Sep 2013 2:46 pm 

    I have a fairly large vegetable garden 25 by 40 ft. When digging some of my potato crop, we found large amts of white grubs- 1 to 1 1/2 inches in size. I called our local university, URI and spoke with them. They said the amount of these Grubs were excessive! I am interested in organic control since these are in my veggie bed. Which nematodes would be effective on these and when is the ideal time to use nematodes to treat the garden and should the entire garden be treated? If so how much should be purchased , and what is the cost of you product and how to apply it. Thank you for your assistance. I rotate my crops but am concerned with planting potatoes again in the garden. Should I skip a year or two? Thank you. Nancy Mende

  33. biologiccompany on Mon, 9th Sep 2013 2:30 pm 

    Hi Nancy,

    For white grubs in your 1000 sq. ft. garden I would recommend our 25M Heteromask Spray product. It will treat over 1300 sq. ft. of white grub infested ground. I would suggest treating the whole garden if possible and doing it as soon as you can. White grubs are more susceptible to nematodes when they are young. The nematodes can be applied with a hose end spray, pressure sprayer, or even a watering can. I don\’t think skipping planting potatoes will help, since the white grubs will feed on pretty much any root system.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  34. Jennifer on Mon, 16th Sep 2013 3:52 pm 

    Southeastern Florida here, and as a transplant from the north I’m seeing the effects of living in a swamp. Nothing seems to keep fleas off the dog; not fantastic food, Brewer’s Yeast with garlic; Advantage, flea baths every week — nothing. What kind of nematodes would take care of fleas, and any chance they might take care of no-see-ums, as well?

    Many thanks,

  35. biologiccompany on Mon, 16th Sep 2013 4:08 pm 

    Hi Jennifer,

    You can use either Steinernema feltiae (Scanmask) or Steinernema carpocapsae (Ecomask). While neither are great at controlling the no-see-ums or midges, Ecomask would be more likely to infect the midges. For a bad infestation of fleas you should plan on using ~35,000 per square foot. Treat the shaded areas of the lawn first and the areas that your pets and family frequent the most.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  36. Mike Ohlhausen on Wed, 18th Sep 2013 10:38 am 

    I have what I think is a large garden (90′ x 120′) in South Central Texas and have had a few problems which I think nematodes will help with. Grasshoppers, Colorado Potato beetles, Squash Beetles, and June bug and Japanese Beetle grubs. They seem to be everywhere I plant anything, lol. I would hate to kill off bees and lady bugs, so I don’t want to bomb it with chemicals. What do you recomend, and how much would it take? Hey, since rabbits live in the ground, do you have any LARGE nematodes…? (just kidding, I have a BBQ, lol) Thanks-

  37. biologiccompany on Wed, 18th Sep 2013 3:18 pm 

    Hi Mike,

    Nematodes are soil dwelling organisms, so if the pest insect does not have a life stage in the ground nematodes can\’t get them. This rules out the grasshoppers (you might try NOLO for grasshoppers), Colorado potato and squash beetles. However, the June and Japanese beetles are still great hosts for the nematodes. In gardens I would suggest treating with Scanmask, about a quarter billion for that size garden. We have larger sizes at not listed on the website including a 250 million size. Give us a call and we would be happy to help you with the order. Thankfully nematodes are harmless to vertebrates so the bunnies will have to be BBQ\’ed.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  38. Sue Long on Wed, 25th Sep 2013 7:52 pm 

    I have read nematodes will eleminate termites. What kind should be used for sub-terranian and airborne termites? Please send answer to :suelong306@gmail.com. Please give me a price per sq. Ft. for each. Thanks!! Sue Long

  39. Sue Long on Wed, 25th Sep 2013 7:56 pm 

    PS I live on East Coast Central Fl. Sue Long

  40. biologiccompany on Thu, 26th Sep 2013 12:50 pm 

    Hi Sue,

    Beneficial nematodes do control subterranean termites, but not drywood termites. We have a product called Termask (not on our website) that works, however they should be applied by a trained professional if you are treating an important structure like your home. If you are having trouble with termites in a raised garden bed, you can use Ecomask.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  41. mike on Fri, 27th Sep 2013 8:11 pm 

    Hi I live in atlanta georgia and i have 2 dogs that like to spend their time rolling in the grass,red clay and dust in the back yard. I just spent the summer pulling thick ivy out of the ground that covered my entire back yard so a large portion of the yard has no ground cover. The yard is shaded with hardwoods and at times it is damp out there.How can I naturally kill the fleas? I don’t want to kill anything that birds feed on or subject my dogs to toxic products.Will nematodes do the job? The yard is 100′ x 100′. Thank you! Mike

  42. biologiccompany on Mon, 30th Sep 2013 11:41 pm 

    Hi Mike,

    I would suggest trying some of our larger sized Scanmask products, like the 50M Scanmask Spray. We do have larger sizes available not listed on the website that you might need if you were to treat the whole 100×100 area, but I would suggest if possible to cut out the areas in full sun as the flea larvae prefer the shaded areas typically. http://www.biologicco.com/contact-us for sizing and prices for the larger sizes.

    Thanks for your question,

    BioLogic Company

  43. Jessica binion on Wed, 2nd Oct 2013 3:33 pm 

    Hi, we are entering our rainyish season in san Antonio, tx. And we are noticing lots of ants (red and black mainly red) and what we were just told is termite mounds. I run a home daycare so I would prefer something that will not be toxic to the children and our dog. How would we apply to yard, should we remove all toys and play equipment beforehand? Also how long should we wait to walk or play outside? How often should we reapply? Lastly, is it better to purchase from Home Depot/lowes or a garden center? Thanks so much for all your help :)

  44. biologiccompany on Thu, 3rd Oct 2013 2:54 pm 

    Hi Jessica,

    Our Scanmask products work on fire ants, which you might actually have. They don\’t work on the domestic ants and only work on subterranean termites which do not make mounds. All species of beneficial nematodes we produce are not harmful to any vertebrate and have been exempted by the EPA. For the fire ant treatment you would want to mix about 1 million nematodes in 1 gallon of water and then pour it down the cone of the mound. Fire ants spread pretty quickly so the nematodes should be applied to any mound that is active. I would suggest purchasing from a garden center as opposed to a big box store. Places like Home Depot and Lowes are great for supplies, but when it comes to living perishable organisms, I would trust knowledgeable staff at a garden center over them.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  45. Jeff on Thu, 10th Oct 2013 12:54 pm 

    Our back yard is approx 3000 sqft & the issue is dog fleas.
    What is the amount of beneficial nematodes We need?
    When is the best time to apply the beneficial nematodes? As it is now October

  46. biologiccompany on Fri, 11th Oct 2013 5:35 pm 

    Hi Jeff,

    We recommend 35,000/square foot especially in shaded areas of the lawn. This means to treat the entire back lawn you should purchase two 50M Scanmask Spray. With regard to the best time to treat, it depends on where your located. The fleas over winter as larvae or pupae and the larvae are most susceptible to the Scanmask nematode. However, the nematodes will only be active soil temperatures 55F and above. So if you are in zone 6 or lower, I would recommend holding off til April of next year.

    Hope this helps, and thanks for the question!

    BioLogic Company

  47. Natalie on Fri, 25th Oct 2013 5:57 pm 

    I have a tick problem. I was just told about beneficial nematodes. My question
    what type of nematodes do I buy and where can I buy them?

  48. Natalie on Fri, 25th Oct 2013 6:05 pm 

    I have one acre to cover, so how many do I need to by? I live in Florida. What do I need or what is the best way to distribute them?

  49. biologiccompany on Mon, 28th Oct 2013 3:35 pm 

    Hi Natalie,

    Unfortunately there is a lot of disinformation out there when it comes to nematodes. They have not been proven to control ticks, which is not surprising since nematodes are subterranean organisms and ticks spend the entirety of their life-cycles above ground. Fleas are controlled by nematodes because of the larval stage that is in the soil. I recommend that you beware of anyone selling nematodes claiming that they will control ticks.

    Sorry that we could not be of more help,

    BioLogic Company

  50. Helena on Tue, 5th Nov 2013 12:53 am 

    Hello,
    we have tried everything to get rid of our flea infestation, they appear to be resistant to all the chemicals we’ve used for treatments & just continue to multiply. Our home sits on a 1.8 acre lot and I hear your product is good at controlling the larva, but it’s November now & most of the time it’s close to freezing outside. Should I wait to treat our property till spring, then?

  51. biologiccompany on Tue, 5th Nov 2013 12:50 pm 

    Hi Helena,

    Yes, we would recommend holding off until spring when the larvae and nematodes will be active in the soil again. Nematodes can overwinter in the soil, but they would not be active until the spring. So no point in applying them yet.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  52. biologiccompany on Mon, 11th Nov 2013 4:28 pm 

    Hi Cheryl,

    The nematodes will control the grub problem, and in turn control your raccoon and mole problem. I would suggest using any of our Scanmask Spray products, to treat for white grubs now.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  53. Suzy Hayes on Thu, 14th Nov 2013 12:53 pm 

    We live in Northern California. Many years ago a “friend” brought me an old stump to use as a seat in my yard, I recently noticed TERMITES crawling in between bark and wood. I know the little buggers are subterranean, and I screamed @ my husband when he started to remove the stump as I didn’t want to pop open THAT “can” of termites! It’s about 15 ft from our Queen Anne Victorian! I am not interested in killing all other insects which reside in our rural yard. We LOVE the indigenous wildlife which have been here LONG before the house was build! Have any NEMATODES which only take care of TERMITES &/or suggestions?

  54. biologiccompany on Thu, 14th Nov 2013 6:48 pm 

    Hi Suzy,

    You can use beneficial nematodes for killing subterranean termites, we would recommend Ecomask around the stump. However, if it is a concern that your house is in danger, we would recommend that you first have it inspected by a professional. We do sell product specifically for termites, but it needs to be applied by a professional, as the colonies are sometimes located below the foundation. But if you want to stop the problem around the stump, apply Ecomask around the area and anywhere else that you suspect may have termites. Hope this helps, if you have anymore questions feel free to ask.

    BioLogic Company

  55. Don on Fri, 17th Jan 2014 6:50 pm 

    Have had issues with colorado potato beetles and the nematodes may be the answer. Request a bit of information of efficacy and concetration required. looking at 6-8 50′ rows so hand picking is not an option..

  56. Bankie Shealy on Fri, 24th Jan 2014 4:30 pm 

    This is my second year attempt at organic gardening (without much success). Last year, I lost many of my veggies to bugs and most of my plants were not thriving. In addition, we have a terrible mole problem. Adding to my frustration, my husband kept saying, “You need to put out 10-10-10 and Sevin!”
    This year, I saved every leaf & grass clipping and our neighbor brings me loads of manure so I started composting. I just put loads of manure & decaying leaves & grass clippings into raised beds. I also added rabbit manure which was full of red wigglers.
    My goals:
    1- Get rid of mole infestation without jeopardizing the worms.
    2- Increase red wriggler & earthworm population.
    3- Solve bug, caterpillar and fire ant problems organically.
    What products and practices do you suggest? Thanks for your help.

  57. biologiccompany on Fri, 24th Jan 2014 4:54 pm 

    Hi Bankie,

    The mole problem is actually a white grub problem. The moles come into the garden to feed on the white grubs in the soil, so if you get rid of the white grubs, they will have no reason to come into the garden. I would suggest treating the garden as soon as the soil is not frozen with one of our Scanmask products. I would also suggest treating the white grubs with a Heteromask product in late August early September. Early fall is when the white grubs are most susceptible to the beneficial nematodes.

    Beneficial nematodes are harmless to earthworms so adding more organic material to the soil will probably be the best option for increasing their population.

    Most of the other insects your probably having problems with including the fire ants are targeted by the nematodes in Scanmask.

    So in summary treat with Scanmask as soon as you can as long as the soil is not frozen and then treat again with Heteromask in the early fall. Using these two products should clear up most of your problems, avoid using chemicals, and keep your earthworm population alive and well.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  58. biologiccompany on Fri, 24th Jan 2014 5:10 pm 

    Hi Don,

    In research done in the late 80\’s they achieved about 80% control of the prepupae and pupae with S. feltia (Our Scanmask product). This was done with high concentrations of nematodes (80000 nematodes/sq.ft.). That would mean you would need about 100 million nematodes to treat eight 50ft rows assuming the rows were about 3 feet wide. I would suggest treating directly after your last frost date so the number of overwintering beetles is reduced.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  59. john smith on Fri, 31st Jan 2014 2:13 am 

    Anything to get rid of “chiggers”? If so, how much is needed for one acre?

  60. biologiccompany on Fri, 31st Jan 2014 7:55 pm 

    Hi John,

    Unfortunately chiggers are not controlled by beneficial nematodes. The Trombiculidae (Chiggers) are mites and are very unlikely to be infected by nematodes.

    Sorry we can’t be more helpful,

    BioLogic Company

  61. shabana on Tue, 4th Feb 2014 4:43 pm 

    I have Maggots on my Olive Tree I always had the tree indoor but I sill got maggots in them what do I do and how do I get rid of them.

  62. biologiccompany on Sat, 8th Feb 2014 6:05 pm 

    Hi Shabana,

    If the maggots are fruit fly larvae which infest olive trees regularly. There is not much from a biological standpoint you can do for fruit flies. Nematodes will not control them because the eggs are laid on the fruit, larvae develop and pupate in the fruit and then emerge. If it is a pest that has some stage of it\’s life in or on the ground nematodes might be able to help.

    Other things you can do to mitigate the problem are to destroy any fallen fruit and use sticky traps to catch the adults.

    If you can describe the maggots better we might be able to give you a better recommendation.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  63. Rachel G on Tue, 18th Feb 2014 5:57 pm 

    As with the other Floridians, I have a bajillion fleas everywhere this has been a yearly issue for the past six years with the outbreak starting in November and being worst December through February. My question is which nematode would be ideal for my property. We have grass in the front and back, but around and under the house is nothing but sand which is where it is shady. Will the nematodes do well in sand? Thank you.

  64. admin on Sat, 22nd Feb 2014 6:32 pm 

    Hi Rachel,

    Thanks for the question! There are too different nematodes that work well for flea larvae, Scanmask (S. feltiae) and Ecomask (S. carpocapsae). Of the two we recommend the Ecomask products for fleas. We even have a Pet Pack specifically for fleas. The nematodes will do well in the sand, but make sure to water the areas that you treat with nematodes for the first week, since sandy areas drain very quickly you don’t want the nematodes to dry up. Concentrate on the shaded areas and anywhere your pets frequent.

    Thanks,

    BioLogic Company

  65. Donna J. on Thu, 3rd Apr 2014 1:45 am 

    I live in Northeast Florida. I just found termites in my garden and also have problem with tons of fleas, grubs, earwigs, fire ants and several more insects I have yet to identify. My yard is about 3,000 to 4,000 square feet. As I have pets and small children playing in the yard, I want to use a product that is safe for them. Also, does this kill rollie pollies? I like having them in my compost pile and the kids love finding them. What would you recommend using and how much?

  66. biologiccompany on Sat, 5th Apr 2014 3:33 pm 

    Hi Donna,

    If you want to treat with just one product, I would recommend two units of the 50M Scanmask Spray. It will work well for the fleas, grubs, fire ants, and help with the termites. Two units should treat the whole lawn.

    Scanmask is the best all around product for the list of pests you are having problems with, however we typically recommend the Ecomask product for the fleas and termites and Heteromask for the white grubs. All of our nematode products are safe for people, pets, and plants. You might also find the Nema-Jet sprayer helpful treating the whole lawn.

    The earwigs and rollie pollies besides looking scary and ugly are basically harmless and are not controlled by nematodes. So your kids will still be able to find the rollie pollies and play biologist. Both like to feed on decaying matter, and that is probably why you find them around the compost pile. If you still want to get rid of the earwigs I would suggest confining the pile to a plastic drum.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  67. Sarah on Sun, 13th Apr 2014 1:41 pm 

    I have a ton of rolly pollys that I can not get rid of. Any suggestions?

  68. Pattie on Sat, 19th Apr 2014 8:10 am 

    Hello,
    I love in Northeast PA and was overwhelmed with Japanese beetles last year, especially on my Rose bushes. Will a treatment with nematodes be effective now? Help! Thank you for taking the time to reply…. It will be greatly appreciated.

  69. Jason on Sun, 20th Apr 2014 9:55 pm 

    Hi!

    I have a grub problem in Eastern Massachusetts. This is leading to skunks turning over my lawn. I’ve got a lot that is about 4000sf. I’ve treated a small portion of the lawn with a grub pesticide but I’d much rather use a natural product. Can I still treat this spring? Is it too warm/too cold or too late in the grubs cycle? Will the grub insecticide I used kill the nematodes in those areas?

    Thanks!

  70. Rocky on Thu, 24th Apr 2014 12:30 am 

    I am having a problem with fleas and have a little less than an acre of land, how much would I need to take care of the problem and where can I purchase the product, I live in South Texas.

  71. biologiccompany on Mon, 28th Apr 2014 11:41 pm 

    Hi Rocky,

    The best product for fleas would be our Ecomask product, but the Scanmask products can be used as well. I would recommend treating just the shaded areas of the acre and around shrubs and structures. Application rates can be seen here. I am not sure of any distributors carrying the Ecomask product, but there are many garden centers carrying our Scanmask product in Texas.

    Kind regards,

    BioLogic Company

  72. biologiccompany on Mon, 28th Apr 2014 11:42 pm 

    Hi Sarah,

    Unfortunately no, but on the bright side rolly pollys rarely cause damage to plants, they feed on decaying matter.

    Kind regards,

    BioLogic Company

  73. biologiccompany on Mon, 28th Apr 2014 11:47 pm 

    Hi Pattie,

    Nematodes work on the grub stage of the Japanese beetles, the adults might fly in from all over. However, they do typically lay their eggs close to the food source so an application of Scanmask could help reduce the number in the vicinity.

    Kind regards,

    BioLogic Company

  74. biologiccompany on Mon, 28th Apr 2014 11:50 pm 

    Hi Jason,

    You can probably still treat this spring, but the best option is to treat for grubs in late August through September. This is after the grubs hatch and are small. They don\’t do much damage at this point and are highly susceptible to nematode infection. The best product to use would be the Heteromask products in either the 25 million or 50 million size.

    Kind regards,

    BioLogic Company

  75. barb on Thu, 22nd May 2014 1:19 am 

    HI I AM IN MONTREAL QUEBEC AND MY PROBLEM IS THE SOD WEB WORM WHICH TURNS INTO A MOTH AND GRUB, WILL NEMATODES KILL THE SOD WEB WORM WHEN SHOULD I APPLY IT?

  76. Emily on Fri, 23rd May 2014 5:05 am 

    Hi,

    [Sorry in advance for long winded questions]

    I’m purchasing your Ecomask products for fleas brought in by stray cats in our yard. It seemed to become a really bad infestation in a matter of days. Questions:

    1)Upon our initial freak out we applied Biospot yard spray to our property (before learning of nematodes) which hasn’t done a whole lot. Since I’ve already sprayed the yard, will this kill the nematodes as well? Other sources say insecticides have little effect on them…
    2)I live in Southern California, where it is going to be mid to upper 80s and sunny every day – how often do you suggest we water to keep the nematodes from drying up?
    3)the stray cats made a home for themselves under our house while we were on vacation – can we spray this under the house? 4) Not that you sell this, but just throwing it out there – what are your opinions on food grade diatomaceous earth for killing fleas inside the house?

    THANK YOU.

  77. Gary Fabris on Wed, 28th May 2014 3:02 pm 

    I have several soil insect larvae causing considerable damage in our vegetable garden. The worst are small fly maggots that attack the roots of radishes, Cabbages and similar plants. The other is a wire worm which is a beetle larvae I beleave. What nematodes could be used to reduce the numbers of these to more acceptable levels?

  78. biologiccompany on Thu, 5th Jun 2014 3:39 pm 

    Hi Gary,

    The best product for both the root maggots and wire worms is our Scanmask products, they will also help control other pests in the garden as well.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  79. biologiccompany on Thu, 5th Jun 2014 3:50 pm 

    Hi Emily,

    Sorry for the delayed answer. The nematodes should not be harmed by the active ingredients in Biospot, most of the insecticides you can purchase without a license are not harmful to nematodes unless applied at the same time. I would suggest watering as much as you can the first week, but once the nematodes have settled into the soil watering is not as critical. Yes, spray under the house if possible, some of the favorite places for fleas are under structures and decks. Diatomaceous earth in the house is pretty messy, I would recommend replacing the filter in your vacuum and vacuuming about once a day until the problem subsides. Also you may want to wash or discard your pets bedding.

    Thanks for the questions,

    BioLogic Company

  80. David Frazier on Sat, 7th Jun 2014 2:49 am 

    I am over run with fire ants. Will BN control them? If so, what kind should I order and who would I order them from? I live in South Texas and it is June, can nematodes be shipped to me safely?

  81. biologiccompany on Wed, 11th Jun 2014 11:01 pm 

    Hi David,

    Yes, beneficial nematodes can control fire ants. We recommend treating each active cone with 1 million of the Scanmask nematodes (S. feltiae). You can either order them directly from our website or from a Texas company called Green Sense. The nematodes are packed for shipping, but transit time should be no longer than 3 days.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  82. biologiccompany on Wed, 11th Jun 2014 11:04 pm 

    Hi Barb,

    The best product for the sod web worm is our Ecomask Product. It can be applied anytime that the caterpillars are present in the grass. After applying it is necessary to continue watering the area so the nematodes are apply to stay close to the surface and infect the web worms.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  83. Sue on Thu, 12th Jun 2014 1:15 pm 

    Hi there! We just moved into an apartment, and there are roaches! We tried getting the complex to deal with it, but their methods are ineffective. We laid out gel bait, but tons more magically appeared :( Our son is starting to get very sick (he has asthma) and we need a solution fast. I read about nematodes. Can they be applied indoors and would they get rid of our roach problem? The terminators can’t come out for another week or so!

    Thanks!

  84. Kevin Furlonger on Wed, 18th Jun 2014 2:22 pm 

    Morning

    Our neighborhood has a huge Rose Chafer problem we trap millions every year and can’t seem to get them under control!
    The soil is very sandy and is ideal for these bad boys. We use Japanese beetle traps. Our lawns are big 1-2 acres unlike there name they love our fruit trees the most.
    Help!

  85. biologiccompany on Tue, 24th Jun 2014 12:50 pm 

    Hi Kevin,

    The nematodes can help with the larval stages, but not the adults which may fly in from all over the surrounding area. I would recommend treating with Heteromask in the late summer early fall if you want to control the larvae on your property. It is probably not necessary to treat the whole area to reduce the population in the immediate area. A concentrated application around the drip zone of the fruit trees would help mitigate the problem for next year. But it won\’t help with all the adults that fly in to feed on the fruit trees.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  86. biologiccompany on Tue, 24th Jun 2014 12:57 pm 

    Hi Sue,

    We are testing a bait station for German cockroaches now, but do not have it to the point were it is commercially available. The best advice I can offer is to remove any and all food and water sources form the roaches. This means lots and lots of cleaning, placing your open food in sealable plastic containers, washing dishes immediately after dinner, and removing your trash daily. The problem with roaches in an apartment setting is that you can be the cleanest tenant in the world, but if your neighbors aren\’t you will always be susceptible to another outbreak. Sorry that we cannot be more of a help.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  87. Lynn on Tue, 8th Jul 2014 9:49 pm 

    Hello,

    We live outside Madison WI, just came home from a 2 week vacation and discovered that my Iris plants have wilted, died and the roots are soft and squishy. I found a white grub in the midst of the roots, and it looked very well fed. What do you suggest using to treat this problem and can my Iris bulbs be used again?

    Thanks for your help!

  88. biologiccompany on Wed, 9th Jul 2014 2:34 pm 

    Hi Lynn,

    For the iris borer (read more here) I would recommend our 25M Ecomask Spray. Use it around the bulbs of all your iris beds and the surrounding areas.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  89. Diane on Tue, 26th Aug 2014 9:23 pm 

    I live in San Diego, CA and the fleas are worse this year than ever. I just lost my Silky Terrier I believe because I used an anti-flea topical medicine on her. I have a Maltese at home and she is beginning to scratch. I think I have the inside under control but she does go out in the front where we have grass. What and how much would you recommend we do to our front yard to kill the fleas once and for all. Thank you in advance.

  90. biologiccompany on Thu, 11th Sep 2014 2:14 pm 

    Hi Diane,

    The amount of product depends on how large your front lawn is. I would recommend taking a look at this post about fleas and nematodes.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  91. Stephanie Lynch on Mon, 22nd Sep 2014 3:44 am 

    Last year I noticed that something was ruining my lawn in patches. Long story short, I have been told that I have wire worms….they are slowly eating up my lawn which used to be beautiful. HELP!! I want them dead!!! and gone forever. Please provide advice on how to get rid of and how to stay rid of and when to treat. I live in Arkansas. Thanks so much for your help.

  92. biologiccompany on Mon, 22nd Sep 2014 2:11 pm 

    Hi Stephanie,

    Wireworms tend to be a common pest of root crops like potatoes, but they will feed on pretty much any tender root system including grass roots. The best nematode product to use for wireworms is our Scanmask product. I would recommend treating with one of the sprayable Scanmask products at about 35,000/square foot. You can treat anytime that the soil is not frozen and there are larvae in the soil. Treating this fall and then in mid spring checking for wireworms beneath the damaged turf. If you spot more than 2 or 3 in a square foot I would suggest treating again.

    Hope this helps,

    BioLogic Company

  93. Martin Rosen on Mon, 13th Oct 2014 8:05 am 

    Our Bonsai study group is considering using Scanmask to help control various insects that infest our trees. We are located in the Tampa area zone 9 so our summers are long,winters are mild. We would like to limit our use of pesticides etc and keep as organic as possible. Are there any long term issues?
    Thank you for your help,
    Marty Rosen
    Southwest Florida Bonsai study Symposium
    Martyr1@me.com

  94. biologiccompany on Mon, 20th Oct 2014 1:11 pm 

    Hi Martin,

    There are no long term issues with our beneficial nematodes. They are exclusively insect pathogenic so they are safe for people, pets and plants.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  95. Joy T Makon on Sat, 25th Oct 2014 2:29 pm 

    Is mid November too late to apply nematodes for a grub problem in Brooklyn? Or should I wait until spring?

  96. vicki snedeker on Mon, 27th Oct 2014 2:24 am 

    I have a cat that goes outside for a few hrs. a day. he has brought fleas indoors. canI use the nematodes ti get rid of them and how.

  97. Tom VanOstrand on Tue, 28th Oct 2014 1:40 pm 

    We have a pretty serious flea problem, and it appears to be coming from our back yard, which has a lot of large shade trees. It sounds like I need a product like Scanmask or Ecomask, but my concern is application. The shaded areas of our yard are covered with leaves and pine straw, so I’m not sure how we can apply the product so that it gets down into the soil. Any advice? Thanks very much for your help.

  98. Brenda Danks on Fri, 31st Oct 2014 1:24 am 

    hi! Wow just read all of these comments and now need to know how to economically treat 100+ fire ant beds. My 5 acres are covered. I’ve tried chemicals, get the treated bed, but they just relocate. I see I need 1 million Scanmask nematodes per mound. . .WOW. Tell me how to do this. Seems unrealistic to drag around gallon buckets all over the area.

    I have also read that dry molasses is a beneficial way to treat (20#/sq.ft.). Would this cut down the nematode numbers??

    I do appreciate you help. BD

  99. biologiccompany on Sat, 1st Nov 2014 2:55 pm 

    Hi Vicki,

    You can only use nematodes outdoors because they are soil dwelling organisms. However, after you get rid of them from inside, you will want to get rid of the source of the fleas that are outside. I would recommend you take a look at our post on fleas, here.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  100. biologiccompany on Sat, 1st Nov 2014 2:58 pm 

    Hi Joy,

    Yes, it is too late for this year. I would recommend treating it early in the spring when temperatures start warming up and possibly again in late August or early September.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

  101. biologiccompany on Sat, 1st Nov 2014 3:03 pm 

    Hi Tom,

    I would recommend the Ecomask product for the flea problem. Our pet pack bundles our sprayer with the nematodes for ease of application, check it out here. The nematodes will be fine applied to the areas that are covered by leaves and pine needles. I would just suggest after your nematodes are applied that you should go over these areas a little heavier with water to make sure the nematodes are rinsed below them.

    Thanks for your questions,

    BioLogic Company

  102. biologiccompany on Sat, 1st Nov 2014 3:11 pm 

    Hi Brenda,

    Unfortunately we are not familiar with the dry molasses treatment or if there is any synergistic effect with nematodes. I might suggest using a pull behind tank for a riding mower, but there really isn\’t a good way to avoid the large quantities of water needed to keep the nematodes active in the ant hills.

    Thanks for the question,

    BioLogic Company

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