Milky Spore is the bacterium Paenibacillus popilliae (formerly Bacillus popillae). This bacillus is primarily lethal to Japanese Beetle grubs. The life cycle of the Japanese beetle includes the immature beetle, called a grub. The grubs inhabit the soil of your lawn and garden, feeding on the roots of your grass and other vegetation.
Once Milky Spore is applied, the grubs ingest it as a normal part of their feeding. The more spores are in the area, the greater the chance of infection. Each infected grub dies within approximately 3 weeks and releases new spores.
Milky Spore is not affected by:
- Freezing or other adverse environmental conditions.
- Most fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides and other lawn chemicals.
Milky Spore Powder is considered harmless to food crops. It may be used in gardens, around pools and near wells. Milky Spore is not known to affect pets, beneficial insects
, fish, bees, birds, other animals, plants, or man.
Milky Spore's effectiveness can be enhanced by the use of beneficial nematodes - specifically NemaSeek. This beneficial nematode is unharmed by Milky Spore and helps spread it as the nematode moves into the soil pursuing grubs, weevils and larvae in your soil. Apply Milky Spore dry, then water in the NemaSeek for complementary control of pests in your soil.
This Product Controls These Pests or Diseases: Japanese beetle (Popillia japonica Newman)
Control of the Japanese Beetle can be achieved with one application of Milky Spore Powder; however, it takes time to develop and take effect in the soil. Initial application is an inoculation of the soil allowing the bacteria to propagate in the soil. Once applied, it will remain active in the soil for years (up to twenty years in some cases).
Place 1 teaspoon of Milky Spore Powder every 4 feet so that you create of grid of the powder. Water in thoroughly. If you are using beneficial nematodes for grub control, apply them with this watering. The beneficial nematodes will help disperse the bacillus throughout the soil. Refer to coverage rates below for recommended treatment area.
Environment: Outdoors, Crops, Orchards & Vineyards, Nursery, Greenhouse, Container Plants
- 10 oz treats 2,500 square feet.
- 40 oz treats 10,000 square feet.
Storage: Store in original container.
SKU 1216050 ships via ground methods only.
Cannot Be Shipped To: OR,WA
Warning & Toxicities:
Do not inhale any powders.
Shelf Life: Indefinite when stored in a cool, dry place.
Active Ingredients: 0.02%.....Paenibacillus popilliae*
* Equivalent to 1x108 spores per gram