Armyworms pose a serious threat to crops, gardens, and lawns throughout the Southeastern United States. Especially fond of grass and corn, these larvae will eat most plant life if they are hungry enough. The armyworm thrives in warm climates, making them a serious nuisance for green-thumbed Floridians. Serving Florida coast to coast, Apex Pest Control, an Orlando pest control company, is here to help you solve and take measures against armyworm infestations.
How to Identify an Armyworm Infestation
The term “armyworm” refers to the larvae of the army moth. The name stems from their habit of moving in very large groups under the cover of night, cheerfully chewing away at the vegetation in their path. Lawns infested with armyworms begin to develop ugly patches of chewed grass near their borders that soon begin to spread.
Another early indicator that your grass may have become a target for armyworms is a sudden increase in the number of birds showing interest in your lawn or garden. Birds feast on the little critters, but because armyworms multiply so rapidly, their natural predators are incapable of keeping them under control before they do significant damage to your plant life.
If You Have Armyworms, You Should Seek Professional Help
If you notice these armyworm infestation warning signs, it’s important to get control of the situation before these pests cause extensive damage to your lawn or garden. Stressed or dry grass is particularly at risk. Fortunately, armyworms are susceptible to a variety of chemical pesticides, and once they are gone, damaged grass will usually make a full recovery.
With one phone call, our Orlando pest control experts will provide a free same-day inspection of your lawn or garden to confirm or deny the presence of armyworms and prescribe a course of treatment. During the first visit, your Apex technician will treat your lawn using a combination of granular and liquid applications. Our experienced technicians will judge the scale of your problem and take into account the other plant and animal life inhabiting the ecosystem on your property before selecting the appropriate mixture of chemicals to rid your yard of armyworms.
Following your first visit, your personal Apex technician will stop by for additional visits focusing on outdoor perimeter pest prevention to ensure that your home’s pest defenses are functioning as intended. Taking that much time off work is difficult and inconvenient, so we don’t require you to attend these prevention visits. You have the option to schedule these treatment plans monthly, every-other-month, or quarterly.
Apex Will Defend Your Lawn Against an Armyworm Invasion
Don’t let an invading force of armyworms make a meal out of your yard, leaving a mess of ragged, dying grass in their wake. Get your lawn the protection it needs. If you think you have an armyworm problem, or you’re worried that you might develop one in the near future, contact the friendly Orlando pest control professionals at Apex Pest Control and schedule an inspection.