Sunday, October 11, 2009

Dealing With Sod Webworms

By Neoma Archer

You can be called unfortunate. Those sodwebworms have found a place in your lawn. They have called it their own. Right now, they are already there starting to organize things so that it would really be home. And right now, you have no idea that such is going on. They may not look harmful but what they can do is the total opposite. You will start to know that you have these insects around your lawn when there are brown spots that appear that water could not cure. Do something about it now.

Before you go marching off with a hatchet to your lawn where the sod webworms are, take time to learn about what they are first and what they are capable of doing. Remember Puss in Boots in Shrek? He may look harmless but he can be fierce when he wants to. To know a sod webworm from others, this insect has brown spots in four rows in its abdominal area. The body can be beige, gray, green, or brown. They are just about an inch long.

Would you fear a worm more over an insect that flies? For most, they would fear an insect that flies. But if you own a lawn, fear the worm even more. The sod webworm grows wings in adulthood but the one that flies does not harm your lawn. Those small critters do. They thrive on the roots of the grass and even on the crown. When those parts are damaged, the blades turn brown and the grass dies. Try to pull out the grass and you will not have to break into a sweat because it would then pull out easily and in one large piece.

To actually battle it out with sod webworms, you have to be prepared. One of the things that you have to do research on is just which of the various insecticides in the market would work best for you and your lawn. Any expert would say that you get any kind of insecticide. However, on your end, you have to also make sure that the insecticide would harm the insects but not necessarily the plants that you have.

When you have chosen your insecticide, you can start the war. Just apply the chemical to where the infestation has occurred. These are usually the brown areas where the insect has been eating at the roots. You may have to repeat this in a week or so just to make sure that you get each and every one out of them out of your lawn. Then just let the lawn or garden heal itself. You will be amazed at how well it does such.

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