Biological Pest Control

Biological pest control uses natural enemies to control pests, based on living micro-organisms or natural products (such as insects).

Biopesticides can reduce or eliminate the need for synthetic pesticides and cause no damage to plants. Biological pest management allows natural enemies to breed and increase in the numbers until the pest has been reduced or eliminated.

Nematodes offer a biological control to some common pest problems such as Chafer Grub, Leather Jacket and Vine Weevil. Nematodes are living organisms (microscopic parasites) which work by invading the pests body and releasing bacteria, causing death. The nematodes feed and multiply on the decomposing pests body. Nematodes need moist conditions and warmer temperatures in order to work well.

Want to find out more about the effects of nematodes? Take a look at our blog here.

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