Join landscape entomologist Doug Caldwell as he investigates the mysterious world of summertime insect outbreaks plaguing Florida lawns. The primary suspect? The notorious tropical sod webworm (Herpetogramma phaeopteralis). In this informative video, you’ll learn how to identify Sod Webworms and recognize the telltale signs and symptoms of their presence in your lawn. Doug also offers valuable insights into effective treatment and prevention methods to keep your Florida lawn healthy and vibrant.
What Are Tropical Sod Webworms?
Lawn pests such as Sod Webworms can ruin the appearance of your Florida lawn. They come out at night from the soil and eat the blades of grass leaving chew marks. It is very noticeable and can be seen from a distance.
One of the first signs of sod webworms is white moths that swarm together during the day. The moth is what lay the eggs in the soil that turn into sod webworms.
Once eggs hatch and worms grow they begin chewing. If you walk through the lawn area affected they will rise and fly around together.
Tropical sod webworms are just one of the many pests that can wreak havoc on your Florida lawn. While they have a preference for St. Augustine grass, these voracious caterpillars don’t discriminate and will also feast on Centipede grass, Bahia grass, bermudagrass, and Zoysia grass. Their activity peaks from spring to fall, and in Florida, you’ll find them year-round. Don’t let your beautiful lawn fall victim to these invaders – arm yourself with the knowledge to identify, treat, and prevent sod webworm infestations!
How to Identify Sod Webworms Video
Florida Landscape entomologist Doug Caldwell, Ph.D. of the University of Florida IFAS investigates How to Identify Sod Webworms.
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