Scientific name:
Steinernema carpocapsae
Common name:
Entomopathogenic nematodes
Product category:
Natural enemy
  • For the control of various insect pests in protected and outdoor crops

  • Effective in a wide temperature range

  • Highly soluble biodegradable formulation with long shelf life

  • For the control of various insect pests in protected and outdoor crops

  • Effective in a wide temperature range

  • Highly soluble biodegradable formulation with long shelf life

Use for

Use for

Capsanem can be used for biological control of various insect pests in protected and outdoor crops. It is effective in a wide temperature range. Capsanem can also be applied as foliar treatment.


  • Caterpillars (Lepidoptera): Tomato leaf miner moth (Tuta absoluta); European pepper moth (Duponchelia fovealis); Box tree moth (Cydalima perspectalis); Cranberry girdler (Crambus hortuellus); Noctuidae: armyworms (Spodoptera spp.); Cotton bollworm (Spodoptera littoralis); Corn earworm (Helicoverpa spp.); Tomato looper (Chrysodeixis chalcites); cutworms (Agrotis spp.); Silver-Y moth (Autographa gamma)
  • Beetle larvae (Coleoptera): Colorado potato beetle (Leptinotarsa decemlineata); Flatheaded root borer (Capnodis tenebrionis)
  • Fly larvae (Diptera): Shore flies (Scatella spp.); Crane flies/leatherjackets (Tipula spp.)
  • Bugs (Hemiptera): Tomato bug (Nesidiocoris tenuis); Sycamore lace bug (Corythucha ciliata)
  • Mole crickets: European mole cricket (Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa); American mole crickets (Neoscapteriscus spp.)
How it works

How it works

Mode of action

The nematodes enter the pest and release symbiotic bacteria into the pest's body cavity. These bacteria convert the host tissue into a food source, on which nematodes feed, develop, and reproduce inside the host. This kills the pest within a few hours to days after infection.

Visual effect

Infected pests are generally difficult to find. Infected foliar pests simply fall to the ground. Infected pest insects in the root zone turn yellow to brown, but may be difficult to find due to rapid degradation.

Product specifications

Product specifications

Pack size
  • 50 million - 2 sachets of 25 million.
  • 500 million – 2 sachets of 250 million in a box.
  • 2,500 million – 10 sachets of 250 million in a box.
Developmental stage Infective third-stage larvae (L3).
Concentration 86% Steinernema carpocapsae – 14% inert biodegradable carrier.
Directions for use

Directions for use


  • Remove the sachets from the box and keep them at room temperature for 30 minutes
  • Empty the contents of the sachets into a bucket containing at least 2 litres of water per sachet (water temperature: 15-20°C/59-68°F)
  • Stir well and leave the contents to soak for five minutes
  • Stir again and pour the contents of the bucket into the half-filled spray tank (except when tank mixing with a compatible product)
  • Maintain agitation of mixture in the tank (e.g. with a recirculation pump)
  • Fill the spray tank with the required amount of water
  • If tank mixing with a compatible product, add Capsanem at the end to a fully filled tank
  • Apply directly after preparation of spray solution


  • Nematodes can be applied using a watering can, an airblast sprayer, through a sprinkler system, with a backpack sprayer, or a vehicle-mounted spray unit
  • To avoid blockage, all filters should be removed, especially if finer than 0.3 mm (50 mesh)
  • Use a maximum pressure of 20 bar/290 psi (on nozzle)
  • The spray nozzle opening should be at least 0.5 mm (500 microns – 35 mesh) - preferably high flow rate cone nozzle types
  • Continuous mixing should take place to prevent nematodes sinking to the bottom of the spray tank
  • Avoid sprayers equipped with centrifugal or piston pumps
  • Water tank temperature must not exceed 25°C/77°F and pH must be between 4 and 8
  • Distribute the spraying solution evenly over the soil/medium surface

Application through irrigation systems:

  • Pressure-compensated irrigation systems are recommended. If not available, spray or drench applications are recommended. For injection through Dosatron/Venturi systems, please contact your local representative for specific advice
  • Spray the solution as soon as it is prepared and within a short timeframe. Do not store mixed suspensions


Capsanem is typically applied at a rate of 250,000 to 500,000 nematodes per m² for soil application and 1 to 3 million nematodes per liter for foliar applications (application to run off). Always check the product label for more information.


Timing and frequency depend on the pest species and the crop environment (relative humidity, soil moisture and temperature). Consult a Koppert advisor or a recognized distributor of Koppert products for advice on the best strategy for your situation.

Environmental conditions

  • Steinernema carpocapsae is active between 14-34°C/57-93°F but performs best at temperatures between 19-31°C/66-88°F
  • Soil or air temperature below 5°C/41°F and above 35°C/95°F can be lethal
  • Nematodes are susceptible to ultraviolet light (UV): do not use them in direct sunlight
  • The moisture content of the soil must be kept high for several days after application. When possible, irrigate the crop before and right after application
  • For foliar application, spray Capsanem when relative humidity will exceed 75% for several hours after the treatment
  • Adding an adjuvant and/or an anti-desiccant/humectant can be beneficial. Ask your Koppert representative/distributor for more information
  • Spray in the evening (or morning in some cases) allowing nematodes to work for several hours within the optimal range of temperature and humidity, as described above

Side Effects & Compatibility

  • Pesticides can have (in)direct effects on biological solutions
  • As a general rule for tank mixing, always add the nematodes to a fully filled tank containing the compatible product
  • The product is safe for most beneficial insects and mites, but can have some effect on a few when in direct contact with foliar applied nematodes

Check the Koppert side effects database or contact your local representative for advice.

Product handling

Product handling

Storage time after receipt

See expiry date on the box. On average product can be stored for 2-3 months.

Storage temperature

Refrigerate at a temperature of 2-6°C/35-43°F in a ventilated refrigerator/cold room.

Storage conditions

Upon receipt, take boxes out of the insulating shipment packaging. Keep in a dark, ventilated refrigerator/cold room until use.



"The general conditions of Koppert (Koppert B.V. and/or of its affiliated companies) apply. Only use products that are permitted in your country/state and crop. Always comply with the conditions specified in local product registrations. Koppert cannot be held liable for unauthorized use. Koppert is not liable for any loss of quality if the product is stored for longer than recommended and/or under incorrect conditions."

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