Have Armyworms Infested Your Lawn? Don’t Panic! Here’s What to Do!

Armyworms are common lawn insects here in Texas that can harm your grass and diminish its curb appeal. These little pests march across your lawn in the summer months and eat your grass as they go, leaving it brown, thin, and patchy; it may look like it was affected by heat or drought. If you have an armyworm infestation on your lawn, don’t panic! You can schedule a professional curative treatment to eliminate the infestation, then help it recover with lawn care services like fertilization, aeration, and overseeding. However, you’ll also want to schedule a preventative treatment next year to keep armyworms from invading your lawn again.

What are armyworms, and what kind of damage can they do to your lawn?

Armyworms are a type of caterpillar and usually green, brown, or black with little stripes across their body. Armyworms move in large groups, hence the “army” part of their name. These lawn insects are highly destructive and become most active during the late summer, feeding on your grass blades. As armyworms work their way through your lawn, it will look as though it was affected by heat or drought. However, there are a couple of ways to differentiate between symptoms of drought and an armyworm infestation. For example, these insects will make the grass blades look chewed, parts of your lawn will start to appear thinner, and you may see bare or browning patches.

You can schedule a curative treatment to eliminate an armyworm infestation and lawn care services to help your lawn recover.

If your lawn is suffering from an armyworm infestation, you’ll want to call your local lawn care professionals immediately and schedule a curative treatment. This treatment will eliminate the infestation, stopping them from further damaging your lawn. However, it won’t reverse the damage it already sustained, so you’ll also want to schedule lawn care services to help it recover. These services include the following:

  • Fertilization: Fertilization will give your lawn a boost of all the nutrients it needs, including nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium, to help it rebuild its strength, health, and verdancy after an armyworm infestation.
  • Aeration: Aeration will break down any compacted soil, helping nutrients and resources like water, air, and sunlight to reach the roots of your grass. With improved access to everything it needs, your lawn can recover quicker after an infestation.
  • Overseeding: Overseeding will help fill any patchy parts of your lawn caused by armyworms with new grass.

You can schedule a preventative treatment next year to keep armyworms from infesting your lawn again.

If your lawn was infested with armyworms this year, there’s a good chance they’ll try to return next year, too. Because of this, you’ll want to schedule a preventative armyworm treatment to prevent these pests from infesting and damaging your lawn again. That way, it saves both you and your grass the hassle of dealing with another armyworm infestation.

Some armyworm treatments are effective against other insects, such as chinch bugs, fleas, chiggers, ticks, spiders, ants, and more.

Schedule our armyworm control service to eliminate an infestation and prevent another in the future!

At CLC Landscaping, we want to help you keep your lawn safe from armyworms, which is why we offer our armyworm control service. Our armyworm control treatments are both curative and preventative, so not only can we eliminate an infestation from your lawn but also prevent another for up to 9 months! That way, you don’t have to worry about these lawn-destroying insects again.

We provide our armyworm control service to residential property owners in New Braunfels, TX, as well as the nearby areas, like Buda and San Marcos. Call us at (830) 264-1732 to schedule our armyworm control service today!