Army worm or sod web worms:
- Attack all sorts of lawns in various parts of the country.
- They are very destructive.
- It depends on where you live to what time of year they will attack.
What to watch out for:
- Moths flying around a light.
- Moths flying off as you walk across the lawn, what they are doing is laying their eggs.
- Can be green, brownish green or black in appearance.
- Sometimes with a stripe or triangular markings.
- They will hatch after about 5-7 days and that is where the big damage is done.
- They attack the lawn eating it and interestingly they don’t just attack any lawn they go for a nice healthy looking lawn a bit like your Sir Walter.
- Once the worms have exhausted the food supply, they all get up in big groups and move on a bit like an army on the march.
Checking for army worms:
- If you notice a patch or areas of your lawn that look a bit thinner or shorter or look like they have been mown you could have army worm.
- Have a look where the damaged area meets your normal lawn and prise the lawn apart. What you will see is maybe some worms or some little green balls which is the waste product.
What you need to do is treat this with a fast acting insecticide such as the Sir Walter pest control, remember always read the directions first.