Koppert Capsanem Leatherjacket Killer
- Standard: Pack of 50 million nematodes – treats 100m² (2 x 50m² sachets)
- Large: Pack of 500 million nematodes – treats 1000m² (2 x 500m² sachets)
Capsanem Leatherjacket Killer is a leatherjacket treatment containing Steinernema carpocapsae; a species of native entomopathogenic nematode (microscopic worms) which controls infestations of crane fly larvae safely and effectively.
There are two application windows in the pests life cycle suitable for applying a leatherjacket treatment. The first window is during the late summer/autumn, from early August to the end of October, with the second window the following spring during March and April.
For best results apply Capsanem leatherjacket treatment to moist turf areas from early August to late October as this targets the pest early in its life cycle when it is more susceptible to control.
For more in depth information, please read the Integrated Management Strategies For Maximising The Efficacy Of Entomopathogenic Nematodes document.
During the spring window the larvae will have grown to a stage where effective control of any type is significantly reduced. As a result it is important to note that the required application rate is higher for the spring window compared to the late summer into autumn window.
This means that a pro-active preventative approach to controlling crane fly larvae in turf areas is required. By treating with Capsanem Leatherjacket Killer in the August to the end of October application window, direct damage from the grubs and indirect damage from predators hunting for them in the following spring and summer is avoided.
The below infographic is designed to inform the user as to the life stage of the organism throughout the year.
Applications must occur when the larvae are at a young and susceptible life stage and the soil temperature is between 14°C and 33°C, which is the optimum point the nematodes are at their most active in the soil.
Early in the year the larvae will have grown to a stage where effective control is significantly reduced. Therefore, it is important to note that control is less effective in the spring compared to late summer/early autumn window.
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A pro-active preventative approach to controlling leatherjackets in turf is required. By treating with Capsanem Leatherjacket Killer within the August to the end of October application window, direct damage from the grubs and indirect damage from predators hunting for them in the following spring and summer is avoided.
After application, the nematodes actively search for their prey and penetrate them. The nematodes then feed on the contents of the prey, excreting specific bacteria from their digestive tracts as they do so. These bacteria convert the host tissue into products that the nematodes can easily ingest. The larvae die within a few days.
How to Apply Capsanem Leatherjacket Killer
- OPTIMAL CONTROL Window 1 – August, September, October:
- Standard Pack: 50million per 100 square metres.
- Large Pack: 500million per 1000 square metres.
- REDUCED CONTROL Window 2 – March and April:
- Standard Pack: 50million per 50 square metres.
- Large Pack: 500million per 500 square metres.
NOTE: Soil temperatures must always be at least 14ºC at the time of application. Capsanem Leatherjacket Killer must be used within 3-4 weeks of being received, and kept refrigerated until used.
|Preparing to Apply Nematodes|
Order nematodes to arrive 1-2 weeks prior to forecast application period* to facilitate application in optimum circumstances.
Store in a refrigerator at a temperature between 2-6°C.
Use a sarel roller to aerate the soil, facilitating faster movement of the nematodes through the soil profile.*
* It is important that the nematodes come into contact with the soil as quickly as possible; excessive thatch will inhibit this process.
How to use Capsanem Leatherjacket Killer
We do not sell this product during the period when the larvae are not susceptible to control using nematodes.
Nematodes are live organisms and they need to be kept refrigerated until they are used. We take great care to ensure that they are handled in a manner which ensures they arrive in the appropriate condition:
- If Capsanem is ordered by 09.00 hours on a Thursday, then they will be delivered to you by the following Wednesday.
To aid the efficiency of the nematodes into the soil profile, apply with Aqua-Zorb 45 Wetting Agent.
For further information on Capsanem Leatherjacket Killer, please contact a member of our technical sales team on 01 841 7399.