They're nasty. They're vile. They want to destroy your beautiful lawn. They are the lawn moths. If you have worked hard to maintain your grass, you need to make sure that you protect it from any pests that could threaten its survival. If you don't act now, the lawn moths will multiply and continue to destroy your lawn. Fortunately, there are easy ways to make those lawn moths wish they had never set foot on your lawn. This article will tell you how.
What Are Lawn Moths?
Lawn moths are small insects that feed on grass and other plants. They fly around until they find a good place to lay their eggs. When their eggs hatch, the larvae, which are called webworms, start going to work on your grass. They are known for feeding on multiple varieties of grass.
A telltale sign that you are dealing with lawn moths are seeing these small, brownish grey moths around your lawn in the evening. At first, these moths do not seem dangerous, but they're dropping their eggs into your grass. Most of the damage will be seen in the hot and dry areas of your lawn. It is these areas in which webworms are most comfortable.
What Damage Do They Cause?
Webworms can cause brown patches all over your lawn. Not only will these larvae feed on your grass, they also eat the leaves and stems of any plants you have in the area.
The brown sections will continue to grow as the worms continue their assault. Eventually, most of your lawn will be transformed into brown patches. The months of July and August are when you will see most of the damage.
What To Do About It
If your lawn is being threatened by lawn moths and their offspring, you will need to take action immediately. If you wait, the webworms will have more time and opportunity to destroy portions of your lawn.
One weapon you can use against them are parasitic nematodes. These are tiny worms that attack and kill insects and their larvae. This makes them a great ally to have.
Make sure you follow the instructions carefully to make sure they are effective as possible. You will also need to make sure you are using the correct species of nematode.
You don't want to deploy the nematodes that don't attack lawn moths. The good thing about this option is that it is non-toxic. You won't have to worry about it hurting your pets.
Insecticide is another option, especially if you don't have pets. It will kill all of the moths and larvae in your lawn. The most effective times to use insecticide is in the late afternoon or early evening. It is at this time that the larvae are out in full force.
Make sure you act fast if you notice a lawn moth infestation. Failing to take the appropriate action could result in the destruction of most of your lawn. If you need further assistance, consult with a pest control professional like one from Xtermco Inc who can take care of the problem for you.