Summer Lawn Alert – Sod Webworms

Sod webworms can be serious pests for your lawn…and because of the summer rains and heat, the most severe damage usually occurs in August.

What are sod webworms?
These lawn pests are 3/4″ to 1″ long and can cause noticeable damage to your landscape within days. They look like tiny caterpillars but you may not see them as they hide in the soil. You may, however, be able to see the green sod webworm larvae 2pellets they leave behind on grass blades. You may also notice the moths that lay the eggs flying around in late afternoon. Sod webworms chew off the grass blades in your lawn and the damage looks similar to a badly-cut lawn.

What should I do if I suspect I have sod webworms?
Act quickly! If you keep your lawn well irrigated and fertilized, you probably will not sustain significant damage. For lawns that are not constantly cared for, however, sod webworm damage can be quick, severe and is often mistaken for a damaged lawn.
If you already have damage from sod webworms, you should have your lawn treated immediately. If you think you have sod webworms, contact Massey Services for a free landscape inspection.

Massey’s Landscape Program takes a preventive approach to lawn pests by building a strong root system that creates a thick, healthy lawn which is more resistant to sod webworm damage. We take measures to keep these summer pests from invading your lawn.