Control of Insect Pests with Entomopathogenic Nematodes
Entomopathogenic nematodes in the genus Steinernema and Heterorhabditis have been successfully commercialized as biological control agents for a variety of curculionid species. Nematode-based products have been introduced for: 1) root weevils, Otiorhynchus spp. 2) billbugs, Sphenophorus spp. 3) the apopka weevil, Diaprepes abbreviatus, and 4) the citrus root weevil, Pachnaeus litus. Several other Curculionidae species and other closely related families are potential candidates for future commercial introductions.