Sportnem T 10 x 250 million

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Price: £525.00

Sportnem -T has been developed for use by turf care and sports turf care professionals.

Sportnem-T contains the insect pathogenic nematode Steinernema carpocapsae. These nematodes are effective against a number of turf pests, especially the larvae of crane flies and Leatherjackets [ Tipula spp and others ]. The crane fly goes through six stages of development ; the egg stage , four larval stages and an adult stage.Adult crane flies only live for a few days. Some species have one generation per year, while others produce several generations in a year.This means the larvae can be found all year round. However Sportnem-T nematodes can only be applied from August to October in the UK, subject to weather conditions.The damage from Leatherjacket larvae is similar to that of Chafer grubs with grass roots being weakened causing yellowing of grass areas. This in turn attracts animals and birds to peel away or dig up the turf to feed on the Leatherjacket grubs.

Timing of nematode applications is important and how they are applied. Repeat applications maybe required for severe infestations. Turf should be irrigated prior to application and after. Nematodes are U.V sensistive, so application should be carried out on dull days. Sportnem-T should be applied shortly after receipt or stored in a fridge until a suitable application time, they can be fridge stored for up to 2 weeks after delivery.

Once a nematode has found and penetrated a pest larvae through a body opening, it starts its destructive work on the pest. Insect pathogenic nematodes have no negative effects at all on plants and are not harmful to humans, birds, fish or animals. Nematodes release a symbiotic bacteria inside the Leatherjacket grub. This kills the grub and the nematodes reproduce rapidily inside the grub body. The infected larvae/grubs die within a few days. As soon as the nematodes are in the infectious third stage they leave the host and start searching for new targets. The nematode population will slowly decrease once there are no new hosts present.

Sportnem-T is supplied as 10 packs of 250 milion nematodes, treating an area up to 5000 square metres.

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