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The timid little caterpillar transforming into a beautiful butterfly can be a charming metaphor for growth and change.
Unfortunately, when that caterpillar exits the storybook and enters your yard, it’s going to be a tale of destruction and decay without Fort Myers pest control. Because that caterpillar is really a…
…sod webworm. And he’s eating your grass every night.
Sod webworms aren’t the most destructive pest, which is why damage can go unnoticed. In southwest Florida, sod webworms will be most active from April through fall.
When the insect is a larvae, they only scrape the surface of the blade of grass.
But as they mature, they get hungrier and really chew the blades. Your grass may looked ragged – and if the feeding continues, you’ll see empty patches and thinner grass (Hint: An experienced Fort Myers pest control company can help you assess the damage and determine whether it’s attributed to the Sod-webworm or not).
Check for signs of sod webworms in your lawn:
- Visually inspect your lawn. You may see them directly.
- Look for greenish pellets of excrement.
Flush them out with soapy water (about 1 ounce of dish detergent to a gallon of water). Make a big enough batch to cover four square feet, and wait five minutes. Check the area youʼve treated. If you see 20 sod webworms (caterpillars), then you have a problem.
The best treatment for sod webworms is prevention. Use the right amount of fertilizer and don’t over- or under-water your grass. Mow your lawn frequently, so that you don’t have to trim too much in one cutting.
If you aren’t confident that you can conquer your sod webworms, check with the experts at Larue Pest Management for advice on the right prevention strategy for your specific Fort Myers lawn care needs. For Fort Myers pest control you can trust, call us at (800) 314-8813 or contact us online.