Heterorhabditis bacteriophora

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Beneficial nematodes
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Nematoda
Class: Secernentea
Order: Rhabditida
Family: Heterorhabditidae
Genus: Heterorhabditis
Species: H. bacteriophora
Binomial name
Heterorhabditis bacteriophora
Poinar, 1976

Heterorhabditis bacteriophora also known as beneficial nematodes is a species of nematode worms that is used in gardening. They are useful to thwart ants, fleas, moths, beetles, flies, and other pests. They release Photorhabdus bacteria from their digestive tract thus killing these pests.[1]


  1. ^ "Natural pest control with beneficial nematodes". Gardeninsects.com. Retrieved 2011-08-26.