What Does The Fungus Do?
Decke fungus, is non poisonous and non toxic to start wit, so thats a great incentive to use it. Plus it is one of the most effective ways to eliminate a pest using all natural methods as nature has provided us and would have it.
Unlike chemicals Decke fungal pathogens infect the insect with contact and do not necessarily need to be consumed to cause infection.
Once the fungus has killed its host, it grows back out through the softer portions of the cuticle, covering the insect with a layer of white mold (hence the name white muscadine disease). This old produces millions of new infective spores that are released to the environment.
Can I Get Some Technical Details?
Some technical details for our fungus
Species: B. bassiana
How Does Decke Fungus Work?
Decke Pest Killer Fungus - Decke makes use of the natural occuring entomopathogenic fungus which causes a disease known as the white muscadine disease in insects. When spores of this fungus come in contact with the cuticle (skin) of susceptible insects, they germinate and grow directly through the cuticle to the inner body of their host.
Decke fungus proliferates throughout the insect's body, producing toxins and draining the insect of nutrients, eventually killing it.
How Do We Feed the Pest With Fungus?
Decke uses the fungus by infesting the pest in 2 ways :
1. Contact via skin when the pests take and exchange food and information via rubbing against each other.
2. Contact via injection (swallowing) when it is fed to the pest by mixing a small quantity in the food that the pest has been lured by.