Army Worms Invade South Carolina!

Mighty Worm Army Attacks South Carolina!

A mighty army or worms is rampaging across the lawns of our fair state. Arm yourselves!

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, and I hate to be an alarmist and I hate to be a doomsayer. Unfortunately, today I am going to be all three. The Upstate is undergoing an invasion from a menacing horde. That horde is in the form of a little caterpillar called an army worm.

Army worms are about an inch and a half long and they have green and black stripes running lengthwise down their bodies. These caterpillars have voracious appetites. The fact that they congregate by the millions only adds to their ability to cause serious damage.

Army worms eat the foliage of grasses. They eat Bermuda and fescue, but seem to leave zoysia alone. They also have the ability to distinguish between weeds and desirable grass. Weeds are not part of their diet.

Perhaps the most alarming concern with army worms is simply the rapid rate at which this menace can completely destroy a healthy and beautiful lawn. The damage is literally done overnight, and it is becoming increasingly prevalent in the Upstate.

Today I looked at a large fescue lawn in an upscale subdivision off of Fairview Road. This lawn literally went from nice and green to brown and dead in a matter of 24 hours. To walk across this lawn gives one a sense of vertigo. It’s moving, like a mild earthquake is occurring. The movement is the slow, pulsating crawl of army worms.

That last part actually is pretty freaky. Anyone have video of that?

It’s time to declare a war on worms.

Comments

6 Responses to “Army Worms Invade South Carolina!”

  1. Shawn on September 3rd, 2010 12:59 pm

    9/03/10 I am in the middle of a huge infestation. Not sure what to do but, it appears to be millions of them in the yard.

  2. Shawn on September 3rd, 2010 1:00 pm

    I am lost for what to do, need help.

  3. Helen on September 7th, 2010 11:13 am

    Spectracide via spreader. That’s what we were told. Our community is infested, also.

  4. joey on September 8th, 2010 5:26 pm

    I had 6 worms per square foot. I used liquid spectracide. All gone in 4 hours. If you see them act fast. Munched my yard.

  5. MKlDave on March 3rd, 2011 11:38 am

    Thanks for sharing this great info on this forum.

  6. pam on July 24th, 2014 10:28 am

    why are these little critters coming into the house? Don’t see many on the lawn, they like the cement patio & driveway; and crawling on the wood siding. What are they? Reddish black with yellow/cream undersides about one inch long, rounded segmented bodies. They curl up when picked up. Anyone know what they are? how to banish them?

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