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On Jul 13, 2014, compostpotato Columbia, SC wrote:
I ordered a benficial nematode combo pack. I'm gardening on a sand hill in central South Carolina. We have the typical culprits: flea beetles, root knot nematodes, cutworms, grubs, beetles, and other soil based insects.
Our garden location is in it's second year and the flea beetles and root knot nematodes have reached levels of infestation. We were experiencing complete fruit loss of all crops. (Tomatoe, Squash, cucumber, etc.) Blossom drop was horrible and the flea beetles were causing havoc on potatoes, tomatoes, and foilage buckshot was overwhelming.
I chose to apply the nematodes in multiple applications. The pack we ordered was enough for four applications to our garden area. It arriveded as promised, did not have a foul odor, and the product appeared viable and living.
We began with an utter infestation of flea beetles and the objective was merely to break the soil based reproductive cycle of the pest. If we could reduce the numbers enough that mechanical removal would be a viable option, then we would have accomplished what we wanted. IPM demands that a multi-pronged approach be used. The nematodes were VERY effective in the first several applications. We noticed a significant reduction in numbers within the first two weeks. Staggering application seemed to help as new flea beetles arrived from other locations, we could replenish the nematodes. We broke the cycle enough to have fruit set return, blossom drop was minimized, and the plants became generally healthier as a result of minimizing the effect of the root knot nematode.
I was very happy with the results of the beneficial nematodes. They gave us a break from the infestation long enough to allow us to get on top of it with proper compost tea fertilization, mechanical removal of pests, and allowed the plants to build strength enough to resist the effect of the remaining pests and continue to produce fruit.
Additional benefits we noticed: reduction in the amount of fleas in our yard from the dogs. Reduced ant populations to managable levels. Less ground based beetles of all types. More plant vigor and less evidence of root knot nodules.
There is no cure-all. I will not go nuclear on my garden. Use a multipronged approach. Spend time in your garden observing the problem. Promote beneficials of all types and resist the urge use ANY poison. Bioremediation is your best friend when coupled with sanitary practices, protracted observation, and "garden ninja" mechanical removal.
Add beneficial nematodes to your "arsenal".
Arbico delivered as promised. I applied as instructed. It worked.
Very satisfied with this company and this product.
On Oct 13, 2009, docgipe NORTH CENTRAL, PA (Zone 5a) wrote:
I have used Arbico-Organics for many years. Specifically The Bug Lady with a very nice real lady (Sheri) behind the image introduced me to the use of Nematodes and Milky Spore powder to control numerous grubs in my Giant Pumpkin Patch. It worked! Then there were the fungus knats. Sheri suggested Thuricide a BT product which worked very well.
I could go on and on because I use a dozen or more of their products. Some could be purchased elsewhere. I however wish to support a serious organic principled product company.
Dr. Buglady is special. Consult when you have a real problem. Dr.Buglady (Sheri) will get right into your problem and needs.
This company is one of the finest I have come to know dealing seriously and nearly 100% in organic products.
I phoned in an order for 10 rolls of bird scare tape to string in our blueberry patch. The lady who took my order was very nice and helpful. The box came much faster than expected, and their price was the best I could find for this item. I'll order from ARBICO again.
I ordered the Maxicrop liquid and powdered seaweed formula after seeing it praised by Paul James. The box arrived quickly but when opened, the liquid (which was in a separate bag) bottle was damaged and about 1/3 leaked out into the bag.
Contacted Kim in customer service who promptly shipped me a replacement bottle at no cost. She did aske if the original box appeared to be damaged (which it did not) but did not give me any problems.
If the produce performs as well as their customer service dept I will be ordering from them again!
I was checking on my order and then asked about blister beetles and especially click beetles which affect my potato crop. I was connected with Arbico's head entomologist and received very helpful information I can now use to formulate a plan for treatment.
On Jul 9, 2005, duckmother North Little Rock, AR (Zone 7b) wrote:
I purchased red worms for my pet duck. The people were very polite. A cool pack box arrived with the worms in a canvas type bag with an excellant medium. There was many more worms than I had ordered. My duck and I are very pleased with this company.
I called ARBICO Organics in the hopes to find a solution to my fly problem (I have horses) and my problem with grubs in my lawn (which used to be beautiful).
Not only did ARBICO solve my fly problem with their fly parasites, but they also have great trap for the adult flies from my neighbors!!! It is a solar trap and I highly recommend it to anyone who has flies! They were very nice on the phone and they knew exactly what I needed....
I will have to say that I tried to call Spalding Labs once before, but they were not as nice and they told me all sorts of excuses as to why they couldn't offer me as many parasites as ARBICO. And, they don't even offer a trap.
For my grubs, I ordered the beneficial nemotodes and they worked great!!! I am so pleased, I can't recommend Arbico enough! Now, my lawn is green and beautiful, and no grubs this season!