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Insecticide for Garden Pests

Insecticide for Garden Pests

During the
autumn months your healthy, luscious lawn can fall victim to an
infestation of chafer grubs or leatherjackets. These two common
species of garden pests can wreak havoc on your lawn 
by
attacking the grass root or encouraging predators such has birds, badgers and
foxes to dig for these juicy morsels.

 

At Greensleeves we believe it is essential to take action at the
earliest opportunity so we would highly recommend our Biological Insect Control
(also known as Nematodes) treatment to be applied in the late summer or autumn
for the best results.

 

Nematodes are 100% organic and will, over time, combat the pest
infestation while causing no harm to the grass itself.
Our treatment
consists of tiny organisms which naturally occur in the soil already at minor levels
and are extremely effective in killing targeted garden pests. These minuscule
predators will go in search of the grubs or leatherjackets by attacking and
inoculating their bodies with bacteria ‘“ often while the pests are in the
infective juvenile stage of maturity. Once the nematodes have taken action and
exterminated the pests, they too will die off and return to the natural number
count within the soil.

 

The
process

This
specialist treatment can only be used in the right conditions ‘“ the soil temperature
must be above 12 degrees so application is recommended between July and
October. Furthermore, the soil must be moist in order for the nematodes to
survive once applied. In preparation for the application the lawn should be
mowed and spiked to ensure that the nematodes have maximum opportunity to reach
the pests inhabiting the top layer of soil. The nematodes will be mixed with
water and applied to the lawn using a back pack sprayer.

 

How it works

After the treatment has
been completed by your
Lawn Care Expert, the lawn will need to
be watered and continue to be lightly irrigated for the following 2 weeks to
maintain a damp soil profile. During this time the nematodes will target and
inoculate the bodies of their hosts causing them to stop feeding and ultimately
die. The nematodes then reproduce to create a further generation to continue
with the task.

 

How do I know if I need
this treatment?

Chafer Grubs
You will know if you have a chafer grub infestation in your lawn as the grubs
will be visible just below the soil surface.

 

Leatherjackets
Leatherjackets are a little trickier than chafer grubs in that when the grubs
themselves are evident in the lawn it may be too late to treat as they need
catching in the very early stages of maturity. Look out for crane flies as they
will indicate the laying of their eggs which become leatherjackets. 

 

For more information on how to tackle Leatherjackets and Chafer Grubs visit our advice page.

 

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