Armyworms

Armyworms are on the march.  Not to exaggerate, but these small caterpillars are capable of destroying a lawn overnight by munching on grass blades.

 

They are present in small numbers most of the summer but when the weather conditions are right their population explodes in only a few days. Dry weather followed by a cool front and rain brought them on.

 

Armyworms have a white inverted Y on their head and are mainly green with brown or black stripes and only an inch long.  In massive numbers they appear to march across a lawn or hay field destroying all of the grass.

 

I remember my Mother taking me out of school in Junior High for 2 days to help battle them in our main hay meadow.  The devastation was unbelievable.

 

If you find them in significant numbers you need to act immediately.  They will devastate a lawn or crop in a matter of hours.   Spray with a pesticide that lists control of army worms.  Use this in combination with a growth inhibitor that will kill unhatched worms.

 

They are most active in the cooler part of the day, so look for them in your lawn in the mornings.

 



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