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  1. #1
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    Default Nemotodes

    Hello from Naperville, IL everyone. Second year beekeeper here.

    Question on using nemotodes (Hb + Sc + Sf) for treatment of SHB and other beetle grubs.

    My 4-hive bee yard is in my backyard I don't treat lawn with anything.

    Nemotodes safe to use around hives?

    Thx, all

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  3. #2
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    Spokane, Washington, USA
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    Default Re: Nemotodes

    From everything I've read & seen on YouTube, the only thing the nematodes can possibly harm are insects during their soil-dwelling, larval-stage. I haven't personally used them, but many of my trusted organic gardening sources highly recommend them. I hope this helps.

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    Default Re: Nemotodes

    Ya they’ve got to live in their media, and they’re passive hunters. I know there’s some folks on here that said they were going to try them, but I’ve never heard a report back.
    Rod

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    Default Re: Nemotodes

    The biggest problem with using nematodes, and this coming from a woman that gave a presentation on growing your own to combat SHB, is that many of the places selling them are selling dead ones. The only way to tell is to infect a larva and see if it turns red. She uses wax moth larvae because they are larger.
    Thankfully, the bees are smarter than I am. They are doing well, in spite of my efforts to help them.

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    Default Re: Nemotodes

    We use them against fleas and chiggers here in Rockwall, Texas -just east of Dallas. Put them out in early spring during damp weather, a heavy dew is good also. Seem to work really well. You can check viability of nematodes with a microscope. They need to stay refrigerated until you use them - check expiration date on package when you buy.

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