The Sting Nematodes
Damage to Turf. One
of the most widespread and destructive nematode pest of turfgrasses.
species are large nematodes (between 1.0 – 3.0 mm) possessing
stylet. Sting nematodes feed on the tips and along the sides
of the roots.
Ecology. Sting nematodes are restricted to very
Symptoms. Turf affected by sting nematode exhibits
drought and malnutrition symptoms and does not respond to watering or feeding.
Badly affected plants collapse and die in patches that can measure up to
several feet in diameter.
Damage to other crops. Sting nematodes have
a wide host range including soybeans, wheat, peanuts, beans, and other
Control. Good sanitation practices (avoid introducing
nematode-infested soil or sod into areas free of nematodes.) Chemical nematicides
have been successful in reducing sting numbers.