Just like every other pest, you might want to know how to get rid of sod webworm.
Sod webworms can be a menace to your lawn because they live and thrive in turfgrass. They can cause brown or yellow patches all over your turf and the situation can get worse as they increase in population.
Steps on How to Get Rid of Sod Webworm
Sod webworms might look tiny and harmless but they will definitely ruin your beautiful lawn. We will be teaching you how to identify these worms and how to go about eliminating sod webworms.
Inspection and Identification
The first step to take in eliminating any pest causing insect is identification. Determine and be sure of what you are up against.
Sod webworms begin to surface around spring up until summer.
The larva of the snout moths adult stage is the sod webworms. It is this larva that will do most of the damages to your lawn.
It’s easy to identify sub webworms activities on your lawn. Sod webworms will eat the top of your turf and make your turf look like grass blades. They will also leave brown patches on your lawn.
You might want to get down on your knees and use your hands to part your grass and look for some worms. Sod webworms are light green or grayish-brown in color.
Sod webworms can hide in burrows when they are inactive. To make your search easy and lure them out, you can simply apply a mixture of liquid dishwasher and water. Apply on suspected areas or patches. This will push them out.
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Treatments on How to Get Rid of Sod Webworm
After you must have confirmed the presence of sod webworms in your lawn you can now proceed to treatments. Have in mind that these worms are active at night.
Below are some treatments:
- Water regularly: sod webworms thrive in dry thatch so try as much as possible to water your lawn to keep it from drying out. If your lawn is slightly infested, you can simply manage the affected area by keeping it moist and raking the soil. Whenever the weather is hot, always water your lawn as much as possible.
- Beneficial nematodes: another effective control method is the use of beneficial nematodes. Simple apply these living organisms (nematodes) on your lawn and wet your lawn so the sod webworms can be lured out and the nematodes can feed on them.
- Bacillus thuringiensis: this is a natural bacterium that lives in the soil. Spray the recommended dose on your lawn. It will eliminate the larvae of moths and any butterflies. Bacillus thuringiensis liquid spray does not cause any harm to beneficial insects or nematodes like bees and birds.
- Pesticides: you can also spray some insecticides if you have a severe infestation of sod webworms. Apply insecticides late afternoon when these worms are active.
After successfully eliminating sod webworms, try to always keep your lawn wet and healthy. Mowing your lawn and removing thatch will destroy any sub webworm habitats and reduce re-infestation.
You can also decide to use endophyte enhanced grass for your lawn. This type of grass is resistant to insects and worms such as sod webworms.