TitleFIELD-TEST OF THE NEMATODE STEINERNEMA-FELTIAE (NEMATODA, STEINERNEMATIDAE) AGAINST YELLOWJACKET COLONIES (HYM, VESPIDAE)
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1992
AuthorsGambino, P, Pierluisi, GJ, Poinar, GO
JournalEntomophaga
Volume37
Pagination107-114
Type of ArticleJournal Article
ISSN0013-8959
Abstract

The insect parasitic nematode Steinernema carpocapsae (Weiser) was applied to 4 colonies of Vespula wasps in the field. At all treated colonies worker activity was reduced by at least 50 % after one week. Two treated colonies partially recovered, and 2 colonies were completely destroyed. Vespula workers removed nematode-killed and dying nestmates from treated colonies. The results suggest that under certain conditions, nematodes could be used as biological control agents of yellowjackets.

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DOI10.1007/bf02372979