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Have you ever noticed patchy, brown spots throughout your yard? While there are several factors as to why your Florida lawn isn’t lush green, there is a certain pest that can have a lot to do with it! Armyworms are known to cause serious damage to your lawn, affecting its health and appearance. It’s important to spot the signs of these pests and know the proper steps in preventing them from destroying your grass!
Armyworms are a type of caterpillar and a larva of moths. These pests are small and striped with green, brown and yellow colors. Armyworms feed on grass, plants, vegetables, and grains. Common in the South Florida area, they also like to feed on turfgrasses too. While one armyworm won’t cause significant damage, if they infest in groups, it’s harder to eradicate them.
To find these pests, check your lawn for any patchy areas that are turning brown. This is a major sign that armyworms are active on your property. Another sign they’ve infested is noticing more birds visiting your lawn, as they will eat these pests as a food source. Often, you can find these pests in their adult form, or brown moths, feeding on nearby plants.
To prevent armyworms consider adding these measures to your lawn care maintenance routine: