This year has been one of the worst in Middle Georgia for armyworm infestations. We have seen multiple yards get hit by armyworms this year. It is important to be on the lookout for sign of these pests. They can infest your lawn and ruin your grass almost overnight. They come in large numbers, hence the name armyworms. This army of mouths is always hungry and will devour turf very quickly. They reproduce rapidly, so a case of armyworms in one yard can quickly spread throughout the entire neighborhood. In this post, we'll look at some signs of armyworms to keep your eyes out for and what to do if you spot them.
In the video below, our turf expert, Bryce, shares some information about the armyworm problem we've been seeing.
What to watch for
Armyworms can blend in with the grass very well. Their natural camouflage makes it difficult to spot them in your turf until it's too late. If you do spot worms in your lawn, you can identify them as armyworms by looking at their head. An armyworm will have a light colored Y shape on the top of their head. The best time to search for armyworms is in the early morning when it's cool outside. They are most active at nighttime when the temperature is lower. If you see one armyworm, there are likely many more!
Armyworm egg clusters are often easier to spot than the worms themselves. They appear as off-white or brownish colored blobs and might be found on outdoor furniture, plants, rocks, and other places. They can be high or low because they are laid by moths, the adult stage of the worms' lifecycle.
How to Deal with Armyworms
If you spot armyworm eggs, you can crush the eggs to prevent that batch of worms from hatching. The thing about armyworms is where you see signs of some, there's likely many more. You need to react fast to prevent damage to your turf. Armyworms can spread and reproduce overnight, and this army of mouths can quickly destroy your yard.
If you suspect that you have armyworms in your yard, you can have your lawn treated for them. They can be eliminated with pesticides. These treatments are done by professionals since the chemicals require a license to use. Real Turf Solutions can treat your yard for armyworms. If you spot signs of an infestation please contact us right away!
Map of Armyworms in Middle Georgia
This map shows which communities we've encountered armyworms in here in Middle Georgia. Some communities have had more than one case of them. So far, we've treated armyworm infestations in Fort Valley, Byron, Warner Robins, Bonaire, Kathleen, and Cochran.
By: William Adams
In 09/2018 William started at Real Turf working in the field having never done manual labor before. He wasn't expected to last the first day. Terry recognized ways William could benefit the company more, and after 5 months of working full-time on lawn service and enhancement crews, William was given a position doing digital marketing, IT, & quality control work.