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Lawn Moths/Sod Webworms
by Rick ORr
In our area, during summer months it is not uncommon to see the little white moths darting about a foot or two above the turf – especially in the shady areas and at night. Theses lawn moths do NO damage to your lawn – yes they are a nuisance but they absolutely do no damage to the lawn. But that is only half of the story.
The moths are laying eggs – eggs that hatch out into little caterpillars. These small caterpillars, called sod webworms, feed on the turf grass blades . According to Wikipedia: The Sod Webworm, ... is distributed practically worldwide, with approximately 100 species recognized in the United States alone. In sufficient numbers they can defoliate a lawn (eat all the leaves).
Sod Webworms Damage But Rarely Kill a St Augustine Lawn
But fear not, they are easily controlled and do no permanent damage. The insecticides I use have a 8 - 12 week residual for sod webworms. You may see the moths in great numbers, but relax their voracious leaf eating little babies are dining on toxic turf - bad for Sod Webworms - Safe for Families and pets!
Timing is Everything
In rare cases the sod webworm populations will reach damaging levels. The problem is a timing issue and because of current methods and materials used in lawn spraying, some sod webworm populations may bloom and mow your lawn for you. This has occurred in about 2% of treated lawns. I am aware of this issue and currently searching for a more residual control for sod webworms. If you should notice a spot in the turf that seems like it has been mowed for you – call me and I will gladly treat interim for free.
ILoveTurf.com - April 5th, 2012
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