Pest Alert – Sod Webworms

Sod webworms have started showing up in people’s lawns – earlier than usual. Be on the lookout for small beige colored moths flying just above the surface of your lawn. They typically appear in the late afternoon, or early evening. They are beginning to lay eggs, which in approximately 7-14 days will hatch out as larvae (aka caterpillars), that feed on your grass stems and leaves at night.
Besides looking for the adult moth, also look for declining patches of turf, or birds feeding on your lawn. If left alone, this pest can cause serious damage.
If you suspect you may have this pest, a good way to verify is to fill an empty gallon jug with water and a teaspoon or two of liquid soap. After mixing, pour this liquid around the outside perimeter of any declining turf areas. If present, larvae will appear on your lawn’s surface.
Although potentially serious, almost any soil insecticide, such as Triazicide or Spinosad will take care of this pest.
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In closing, this and other lawn insects can reappear 2 or even 3 times during our summers.

About AskthePlantMaster

I have 50 years of horticultural experience, am currently a Master Gardener in Central Florida. In addition, I'm a Horticulture Instructor and retired Parks Manager and Arborist. I love plants and would love to help you with yours!
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