- Nematodes are small microscopic worms that live within the soil.
- Nematodes are classified as parasitic and beneficial.
- Plant parasitic nematodes feed on the plant for survival.
- USA - $8 Billion loss due to nematode damage.
Nematodes are classified as both parasitic and beneficial. The types of nematodes that are parasitic are microscopic creatures that cause damage to the roots of many types of vegetable and legume plants, grains and grasses and the stems and leaves of some flowering plants. These parasitic nematode species most commonly cause root knots or gals as well as leaf galls, injured root tips and excessive root branching, lesions and dying tissue on leaves and can cause twisted and distorted leaves. Because of these parasitic nematodes, the U.S. alone has lost $8 billion due to plant damage in crops.
The types of nematodes that are beneficial to the soil can be microscopic to a few inches long. These beneficial nematodes kill insects and pests and help to decompose organic matter. However the warm and moist environment that the beneficial nematodes thrive in is also the same environment that the parasitic nematodes flourish. The only way to control a nematode population is to rotate crops, replace the turf grass or to use a product like MultiGard Protect Nematicide that is extremely effective, yet stimulating to the growth of beneficial organisms. MultiGuard Protect natural nematicide is a furfural mixture for use in agricultural pesticide.