An entomopathogenic nematode that contains a mutualistic bacterium Photorhabdus luminescens and is used to protect ornamental crops from phytophagous insects.
Packages contain 50 and 500 million of third instar larvae.
Store in the dark.
Storage temperature: 2-6°C.
Heterorhabditis bacteriophora is used to control various phytophages: flies, beetles, moth and other pests.
Like other entomopathogenic nematodes, Heterorhabditis bacteriophora penetrates into the host insect and infects it with pathogenic microorganisms that eventually lead to its death as a result of septicaemia (organ and tissue damage).
The rate of application is 0.5-1 million units per 1 m2, depending on the crop damage by pests. The treatment of the culture is carried out by introducing a solution of nematodes under the root. The solution is prepared similarly to other mixtures containing entomopathogenic nematodes (for example, Steinernema felticiae). The soil must be kept moist during the next two weeks after nematodes are introduced into it.
It is recommended to use a nematode when the soil temperature is in the range of 14 to 33°C.
Round worm with a length of 0.6 mm.
Infected nematodes acquire reddish-pink or brown color.