YOU HAVE INVESTED TOO MUCH & WE HAVE WORKED TOO HARD
What exactly is an armyworm? It’s not this cool, cute little worm with combat boots and camo that comes to your mind at first. In fact, nothing is cute about these guys and after the summer in 2014, West Tennessee and parts of Missouri learned the hard way of the devastation they will leave behind.
Armyworms are stout-bodied, hairless, striped caterpillars that chew on the foliage of grass and/ or plants. They are named because of their habit of crawling in large numbers from field to field when they have exhausted their food supply. They are relentless and can quickly destroy large amounts of vegetation in a very short period of time due to them traveling in such large numbers. As a matter of fact, larva will consume over 80% of its total food needs in the last few days before it pupates. After the armyworms complete their feeding, the full grown armyworm tunnels into the soil and transforms to the pupae and becomes inactive. In 7–10 days, the adult moth emerges from the pupa, eventually lays eggs and repeats the life cycle. Eggs are laid in masses of up to 50 eggs on the grass leaves and are difficult to find. The eggs are covered with the grey scales from the moth’s body, giving the egg mass a fuzzy appearance. Eggs hatch in 2–3 days.
Larvae reach 1–1/2″ — 2″ in length. They are a dull yellow to gray with stripes running lengthwise along the body. They can be identified by a white line in between the eyes that is “Y” shaped.
The larvae feed during the day on grass blades and other foliage. The caterpillars feed on a variety of plants. Notably, warm-season grasses such as Bermudagrass, Zoysiagrass, St. Augustinegrass and others are commonly attacked. Among the cool-season grasses, bluegrass, ryegrass, fine fescue and bentgrass are the preferred cool season turfgrasses. Some species damage plant crowns or roots as well as blades. Heavy infestations may seriously damage large areas of turf. Look for dew sparkling on the webs in the early morning as it may appear to look like a wave moving across your lawn. Kind of freaky, right?! Here is an example from a 4-EverGreen Lawn in late August 2014.
Armyworms hit so many people hard in the late summer and early fall of 2014. To the right is a picture taken in late August 2014 Lake County, TN.
So many people called in to our offices asking us to help! The sad thing is, most of the people who were affected by the armyworms had no idea until it was too late. Most of their yard was already destroyed, which all could’ve been prevented if they would’ve called sooner. These worms are to be taken seriously, hints the name “Armyworm”. These guys are tough, put up a fight, and can ruin a yard quickly. 4-Evergreen is here to help you. We highly encourage all of our customers to be pro-active in their approach to prevent armyworm damage. After witnessing the aftermath of the armyworms in 2014, we have a vendetta against these pests! You pay money for your yard to look nice and green, and we want it to stay that way. Please give us a call today to come treat your yard for armyworms.
For more information about your lawn or to get your Armyworm application scheduled, call our office NOW.
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