Chafer Grubs, their lifecycle and when to treat them with nematodes


Chafer grubs are creamy coloured, about 15mm (0.6”) in length with distinct legs (unlike vine weevils). Chafer beetles emerge from lawns and lay eggs, which hatch into grubs feeding. They burrow deeper for winter and lie dormant before surfacing in spring to emerge as beetles.


Both leatherjackets and chafer grubs attack grass roots resulting in slow growth and yellow patches. Grass is easily pulled up, with little or no root. Wildlife, such as foxes and badgers, can create damage by digging to search for grubs, as do rooks, magpies, crows and woodpeckers – a good sign of an infestation. Dig up a piece of turf and inspect it for pests.




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By |July 2nd, 2014|Chafer Grubs, LeatherJackets|0 Comments

Nemaslug Reviews

At Nematodes Direct we try offer the best online service and always go the extra mile – we are very happy to see that its been recognised by one of our customers and wanted to say thank you to Thomas for leaving the review below.

Thomas J on 29th June 2014- “I have used this product numerous times and it works well. `it doesn’t kill all the slugs but a very large proportion of them. I would recommend it.  The service from Nematodes Direct was exceptional ordered one day delivered the next. I was informed by e mail regarding delivery and it was on time. Well done.”

You can find almost 100 reviews by our lovely customers by visiting our main Nemaslug Reviews page.


By |June 30th, 2014|Nemaslug|0 Comments

New Nemaslug Packs

The packaging for Nemaslug might be changing soon and you could help with the decision – please let us know which option you prefer.

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By |June 30th, 2014|Nemaslug|0 Comments

Some things you might not know about slugs

Potatoes are susceptible to slug attack later in the season than most other plants.  This means that you can delay applying Nemaslug till 6-7 weeks before harvest, when the tubers are most likely to be eaten by slugs.

Slugs will feast on your fruit and vegetable crop, including your:

  • Lettuce
  • Celery
  • Cauliflower
  • Cabbage
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Asparagus
  • Strawberries
  • Tomatoes
  • Slugs will also attack the leafy parts of plants, especially hardy ornamentals like Hostas


Some things you might not know about slugs:

  • Slugs are hermaphrodite (have both male and female sex organs).
  • Each Grey Field Slug can have up to 90,000 grandchildren.
  • Slugs have approximately 25,000 teeth.
  • Slugs consume around twice their own body weight each day. If you consider that an average slug weighs 0.1 oz, it will consume an amazing 28oz of plant material in a growing season.
  • Young slugs tend to stay underground, feeding on humus (decaying organic matter). This creates an unseen menace, developing out of sight and just waiting for your young seedlings to be planted.


Slimy slug facts…

  • Each slug lays about 300 eggs in batches of up to 50 in crevices in the soil.
  • Slug eggs are slightly oval in shape, white in colour and measure 2-3 mm in diameter.
  • They hatch in 3 weeks in the spring, whilst eggs laid in the autumn can over-winter before hatching.
  • Slugs breed all year round. There are two overlapping generations usually with peaks of egg laying in March-April and September-October.
  • In northern Europe the life cycle takes 12-15 months.
  • Britain is the slug capital of the world.
  • Our moist climate, without the extremes of hot or cold, is ideal for them.
  • Each cubic metre of soil contains on average up to 200 slugs.


Nemaslug Slug Killer is the simple organic solution for slug control in your garden that is safe for children, pets and wildlife.

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By |January 29th, 2014|Slugs|0 Comments

Nemaslug Programmes – New extended range

We have introduced 3 new Nemaslug programmes in 2014 following the success of our 3 pack / 18 week programmes last season.

You can now pre-order a 18 week, 24 week, 30 week and 36 week nemaslug programme for depatch from mid-March at Nematodes Direct for total protection and convinience.

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  18 weeks of protection   24 weeks of protection    30 weeks of protection    36 weeks of protection


TIP: 36 week programmes will need to be ordered before the end of March to ensure that you can apply them before the end of the 2014 season- so don’t leave ordering too late.


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By |January 29th, 2014|Nemaslug|0 Comments

Nemasys Leatherjacket Killer Nematodes are now shipping!

Update: 10/10/2013 – This post is now out of date, LeatherJacket killer will be available again in the Spring.

Our Nemasys Leatherjacket Killer Nematodes are now in stock and are shipping within 24-48 hours of ordering.

If you have a problem with Leatherjackets in your garden and the associated damage caused then it’s time to place your order for treatment this season.

When you start to see the adult daddy-long-legs in your garden (towards the end of August) you will know that in a few days they will be laying eggs. These will hatch quickly; therefore aim to apply two weeks after you see the adults.



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By |September 14th, 2013|Uncategorized|0 Comments