Fall Armyworm

Order: Lepidoptera

Scientific Name: Solenopsis Invicta

Appearance: Green/grey in color with three yellowish lines running down the back highlighted by a wider dark stripe. 

Size: 1.7-34.2 mm

What is an Armyworm?

An armyworm is a type of destructive caterpillar that is known for feeding on turf grasses most commonly, Bermuda and Fescue. Armyworms are particularly harmful to grass as they feed quickly and are able to destroy lawns or fields within just hours. 

Once armyworms mature they metamorphize into moths that can lay hundreds of eggs in a singular night. The moths typically lay their eggs in upright locations such as fences, or even grass blades. Once the eggs hatch they begin feeding immediately can devastate turf grass quickly due to their large numbers.  

Why do I have Armyworms?

Armyworms are most common in southeastern locations due a climate that is more suitable for reproduction. Armyworm populations are highest in the late summer/early fall.

Certain conditions such as, high moisture, long grass blades, and excess weeds, will attract moths to laying eggs in the area creating an armyworm outbreak. Some environmental factors such as mild spring and summer temperatures with higher rain levels can increase the probability of an armyworm outbreak. 

How do I get rid of Armyworms?

Insecticides are the best defense against an armyworm outbreak. It is important to act fast once armyworms are detected. 

PinPoint’s Outdoor lawn treatment plan is a great way to control insect populations on your lawn and will eradicate an armyworm infestation. Click Here for Details on our General Pest & Outdoor Plan. 

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