What to do about ArmyWorms?
In previous blog entries we have gone into some detail regarding many pests that can cause lawn problems. In the fall is when you can start to see lawn issues such as brown spots. This is indicative of pests such as army worms, mole crickets or grubs.
Fall armyworms are the larvae of brownish – gray moths – female moths will lay up to 2000 eggs within the grass blades. These eggs will hatch a few days later and start their march, hence the name armyworms, across your lawn, eating each blade of grass they come across. Literally thousands will be on the move at one time. They move at night and rest in burrows during the day. You can see evidence of Army worms by a small brown spot in your lawn that increases in size daily. The Army worms especially like Kentucky bluegrass, St. Augustine, tall fescue and Bermuda grass.
Left unattended, Army worms can destroy a lawn, leaving just a dirt area in its wake. Not to despair though they can be defeated! If you have regular service from a landscaper they will notice the infestation immediately, if you do not use a landscaper, call one and have them apply the correct insecticide to save your lawn. While you can attempt a do it yourself fix, it’s always best to leave infestation removals and chemical use to professionals