Here are a few key points to remember:
- Damage is mostly aesthetic, but
- Newly planted lawns, however can be severely damaged or decimated
- The biggest culprits are armyworms, especially to Bermuda grass.
- Adult armyworm moths, active at night, lay eggs of 50 to several hundred.
- Initial damage can first look like skeletonizing, but eventually, the entire leaf is consumed.
- Armyworms are most active early and late in the day, spending the hotter hours down near the soil in the shade.
- Check for worms by pouring soapy water on the grass (1/2 oz. dishwashing soap/gallon water) will bring them up quickly.
- There are several pesticides from which to choose depending on your lawn type and location. Brand name Sevin, in liquid form is one type.
- Consult your local Extension Agent for recommendations.
- Read and follow all label directions when using pesticides.
- Pesticide applications should be made as late as practical for best results.
- Applying 20 - 25 gallons of solution per acre will provide good coverage.
- Do not cut grass for 1 –3 days after treating
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