What are sod webworms?
Sod webworms are lawn destroying pests that feed on and damage our Florida lawns. If your lawn turns from bright green to brown, the likely culprit is sod webworms.
Sod webworms are small pests that look similar to caterpillars. They are greenish or yellowish-brown and typically less than an inch long. The sod webworm is the larval stage of a small brown moth, and these larvae thrive in the hot, humid weather that Florida provides.
Are sod webworms dangerous?
Sod webworms are certainly not dangerous to people. However, having them living in your yard’s soil can be very destructive. These lawn pests feed for several weeks before turning into adult moths. They have voracious appetites and will eat their way through our lawns, causing unsightly damage in the process. As they feed on the grass, the grass turns brown.
Another issue with having large numbers of sod webworms present in your yard is that birds love to feed on them. As the birds feed, they will cause even more damage to the grass in your yard.
Why do I have a sod webworm problem?
Sod webworms are a problem in your yard because it is offering them what they need. Your yard provides them with a food source and a place to live while they develop into adults. Simply put, our Florida lawns are where they want to be!
Where will I find sod webworms?
Grassy open, sunny areas are where you are most likely to discover large populations of sod webworms, such as athletic fields, parks, golf course, and of course, our Florida yards. They are most active filling their bellies with grass after dusk. Their damages start small and can often be overlooked, but soon their feeding habits cause widespread damage and large patches of brown grass that you can’t miss.
How do I get rid of sod webworms?
Get rid of sod webworms with the help of the experts at Trad’s Pest Control. We are deeply committed to our customers and to solving their pests problems. Our premier pest control services provide pest control that is not only effective but hassle-free; we are available whenever you need us!
Our lawn care services will not only rid your yard of damaging sod webworms but provide you with the services necessary to have the best-looking lawn on the block. To learn more about our Jacksonville residential pest control and commercial pest control programs, please reach out to us today!
How can I prevent sod webworms in the future?
Preventing lawn pests like sod webworms is difficult and best accomplished with the help of regular lawn control services. To help make your yard less attractive to sod webworms, we want to provide you with the following prevention strategies:
- Maintain your lawn. Having thick healthy grass with a strong root system will help keep it from being damaged by sod webworms.
- Properly fertilize your yard throughout the year.
- Make sure your lawn isn’t overwatered or underwatered.