How Floridians Can Keep Their Lawns Free of Sod Webworms

sod webworm1 400x533For many homeowners, their lawn is their pride and joy. Keeping their grass mowed and nourished becomes a point of personal pride, as well as an engaging hobby. Unfortunately, there are a number of pests — many of which hide in plain sight — that can hamper your lawn care efforts at every turn.

Chief among these unwanted guests is the sod webworm, a species of grass-eating worm that has become increasingly prevalent in central Florida. These nasty little buggers feed on the undersides of grass blades, ensuring that the damage they cause lawns isn’t immediately apparent. Over time, however, dead patches of grass are bound to appear. If you’re determined to keep your lawn free of sod webworms, the following tips are sure to help.

Get in Touch With Arrow Services 
In addition to being renowned for its top-tier irrigation systems, Arrow Services is the most trusted name in Sarasota pest control. Arrow prides itself on providing an extensive range of residential and commercial extermination services, many of which are entirely eco-friendly. Whether you need help clearing pests out of a private residence, office building, medical facility, or center of commerce, Arrow Services is happy to step up to the plate.

Apply Insecticidal Soap 
As the name suggests, insecticidal soap is soap that’s applied to lawns for the purpose of killing insects — sod webworms chief among them. Many of these soaps are made up of naturally-occurring oils and fats and designed to pierce the outer shells of certain pests, effectively resulting in dehydration and death. To their credit, a number of insecticidal soaps are designed specifically to kill pests that pose a threat to lawns and have no effect on insects whose presence is conducive to lawn health.

Spray Bacillus Thuringiensis 
Spraying your lawn with bacillus thuringiensis can be an effective way to stamp out sod webworm infestation in its earliest stages. Although this naturally-occurring bacterium is generally able to eliminate young larva, it doesn’t have much of an effect on older ones.

In light of all the work that goes into maintaining your lawn, the last thing you want is to see all your efforts undone by some grubby little worms. Luckily, with the help of the previously-discussed pointers, keeping sod webworms at bay doesn’t have to be an uphill battle.

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