Keeping your lawn mowed regularly will not only keep your grass blades shorter, but if there are any eggs in the turf your mower will suck them up, killing any larvae before they hatch.
How Do We Get Rid of Armyworms?
1 Single Treatment Does The Job
Our armyworm treatment consists of one single treatment. We come out to your property and spray the entire lawn with our commercial-grade liquid insecticide. All lawn areas will need to be treated as armyworms will travel to a lawn area that is not treated. Once the product is applied, the armyworms will be terminated, as our product is an on contact treatment.
After Your Armyworm Treatment
After your armyworm treatment, we suggest that you keep ALL PETS AND HUMANS off your lawn for 2 hours. This will give the armyworm product time to completely dry and to ensure 100% effectiveness of eliminating the armyworms from your lawn.
Lawn Damage and Recovery
If your lawn has been severely damaged from the destruction of armyworms, we suggest that you continue with your fertilization and weed control treatments from us and add our core aeration service with a Warm Season grass like Bermuda and core aeration and seeding service with Cool Season grass such as Tall Fescue. Bermuda will not need reseeding as it is a self-producing turf, where as Tall Fescue is not self-producing and will need re-seeding.
What Do Armyworms Look Like?
- The front wings of male armyworms are very dark gray and muted with light shades with line-markings with a white stripe.
- The front wings of the female armyworms are more uniform.
- An adult armyworm has two black lines along the sides with four distinct spots.
- Adults are gray, mottled moths (1-1/2 inch wingspan) with a small white dot in the center of each forewing and dark margins on the hind wings.
How Do We Get Armyworms?
Armyworms actually start out as moths and fly in at night feeding on nectar, mating, and searching for oviposition sites like your lawn. They actually got their name from their behavior of moving across fields in an army-like fashion. Armyworms will consume all available food sources on nearly any plant as they migrate in search of edible foliage. Plants attacked by armyworms include fescue, grain, corn, small grains, sweet potato, beans, turnip, clover, spinach, cucumber, potatoes, tomatoes, cotton, and cabbage. They deposit their eggs in rows or clusters on the lower leaves of grasses or at the base of plants. Their eggs will then hatch in 1 to 2 weeks terrorizing and destroying your lawn!
How to Prevent Armyworms
Keeping your soil treated and well balanced will help maintain a healthy grass blade and hardy soil, thus attracting healthy beneficial insects in your soil.
Attracting good insects and birds to your lawn will also help the prevention of armyworms. Ladybugs, certain wasps, flies, birds, skinks and frogs are good to have in your lawn.