Armyworms cause 1 to 2 inch wide dead spots in newly seeded and established lawns. The plants are eaten off at the soil level. The adult moths are tan or mottled gray with a wingspan of 1 inch and fly only at night or on overcast days.

Armyworm on Grass

What Will Happen To My Lawn?

Lawn with armyworm damage will appear dried out. The insect sucks the moisture from the blade during the warm summer months. A lawn can undergo substantial damage if left untreated.

What Can I Do?

Make sure your lawn is getting enough water. A properly watered lawn will resist or, at least, minimize, the damage from an insect infestation of any kind. Sometimes an insecticide will be necessary to achieve complete control. Most local hardware stores carry insecticides that will control armyworms. Be sure to read the label and apply according to the directions. Depending on the severity of the damage, more than one insecticide application may be required for complete control. Lawns with severe turf loss may need to be repaired with seed or sod.

How Can Natural Way Help?

We have certified professionals who are used to dealing with insect damage and other problems. Natural Way can treat your lawn with an insecticide that will control army worm activity and prevent any more damage from happening.

Armyworm Close Up

Photo of a fall Armyworm – credit : University of Georgia Archive, University of Georgia,