Sod Webworms Are Busy…
…And So Are We!
Sod webworms are an old adversary of Lawn Care Extraordinaire. They show up from time to time and give us trouble. Never fear – these little insects are easy to control and recovery time is quick.
The larvae of sod webworms like to feed on the blades of your grass like corn on the cob but their damage is usually just cosmetic. Here’s a quick comparison of the most common turf-damaging insects we deal with.
|Sod Webworms||White Grubs||Chinch Bugs|
|Feeding||Chew on blades of grass||Chew on roots of grass||Dehydrate root and/or blades of grass|
|Damage Level||Cosmetic||Permanent||Can be permanent|
|Detection||Early detection is easy & best||Preventative treatments are recommended since damage is only seen after much damage has been done.||Early detection is imperative before severe damage is done.|
|Treatability||Easy – usually with one treatment||Moderate – 1, thorough treatment with a product specifically designed to reach below the thatch of the grass.||Moderate – Usually takes two treatments, 3 weeks apart|
We treat for sod webworms at each of your regular, summertime visits. However, if you suspect these insects are in your lawn, just give us a call. We’ll schedule a service call or move up your next scheduled visit. Even though these insects are usually eradicated with one treatment, your technician may schedule a follow-up visit to be safe. Either way – we have you covered.
Sod Webworms Damage
Sod webworms caused damage is first noticed by a shortening of the grass similar to lawn mower scalping. This shortening is followed by yellowing in the area. Oddly enough, sod webworm prefer crabgrass to St. Augustine. Sometimes our technicians actually appreciate the sod webworm for putting stress on crabgrass which we are otherwise unable to treat.