The Sting Nematode, also known as Belonolaimus spp., is a microscopic roundworm that primarily affects bermudagrass and bentgrasses. Sting Nematodes are most commonly found in the Southeastern and Midwestern United States, preferring moist, sandy soils.
Identifying Sting Nematode -
Because the Sting Nematode is a microscopic roundworm, it can’t be seen with the naked eye and normal identifying characteristics do not apply. Rather, turf damage is used to determine if Sting Nematodes are present in your lawn or landscaping.
Primary damage from the sting nematode is to the roots of the turfgrass plant. The degree of injury to the roots varies with the age of the plant when it is attacked. In general, symptoms include greatly reduced root systems consisting of short, stubby roots with dark, shrunken lesions – particularly at the tips.
Above ground lawn damage usually consists of severe stunting, wilting and yellowing of the turf – sometimes even death. Infested areas include spots of varying sizes and shapes, although the boundary between diseased and healthy areas of a lawn is usually fairly well defined.
Sting nematodes do not enter plant roots. All life stages remain in the soil, feeding at or near root tips. Even small populations can cause serious damage because of a powerful toxic chemical injected into the roots during feeding. Sting Nematode is found almost exclusively in soils with a sand content of 80 percent or higher and thrives best in irrigated areas where there is a constant supply of moisture.
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