I can't say they controlled fleas, but I have used them each season and my
cats seemed not to be bothered. However, trapped squirrels are loaded
with them. The difference might be the cats are primarily on the ground
and stay at home whereas the squirrels inhabit the entire neighborhood.
I am one of those unfortunates that a flea will find my ankles, and I've
not had a problem at home though I occasionally do at parks and at other
Whether the nematodes help is anyone's guess, but they must do a lot
positive as they and the ladybugs are spring additions to my yard and
garden. My garden has been very fortunate with the only problems
discussed here that have manifested in my garden is blossom end rot on
some tomatoes last year. That seems to have been a watering issue since
it has not repeated.
There are many herbs that can be planted to also discourage fleas,
Pennyroyal being one which also makes a great (and pleasant smelling)
ground cover. There are others also; perhaps others will name some of
Nematodes will definitely help in controlling fleas. The use of
diatomaceous earth will also help, but it only helps when it is dry. If it
gets wet it is useless. The diatomaceous earth is very sharp and abrasive
to a flea and it essentially cuts and abrades the fleas and they basically
dehydrate and die. It is VERY important to use natural diatomaceous earth
and not "D E" that has been treated for use in swimming pool filters. You
can find information on both of these topics on the Dirt Doctor's site
I am not affiliated with his site. Tons of good organic info there.
> Hi there big problem with most potatoes this year SLUGS little buggers
> eating into the potatoe and just sitting there,been recomended to use
> NEMATODES anyone tried this or any other idea's?
Hi Dave you should try growing Kestrel seed potatoes as they are slug
Nematodes could cause you more problems with your potatoes.
Had good success with them up to this year. But the wet summer overcame the
advantages and the slug population increased dramatically despite the
nematodes. What would have happened if I had not used them is anyone's
guess. Maybe I should have applied another lot later in the season.
Something I've noticed though, is that not all damage to potatoes is caused
by slugs. This year I found manure worms were a culprit and quite a few
worms had buried themselves into the potatoes. The problem occurred mostly
around the tubers that were affected with blight. I seems manure worms love
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