How To Save Your Lawn From Sod Webworm And Chinch Bugs!
This time of year, a lot of Houstonians are having to tackle sod webworm and chinch bug damage repair. The life cycles of these insects lead to rapid changes in their eating, sleeping, and mating habits, and the effects on your lawn can be major if you don’t intervene early enough. While the signs of infestation may be clearly visible, sometimes it isn’t always so obvious, so we’ve broken down the steps to spotting and treating sod webworms and chinch bugs in grass lawns.
Spotting Sod Webworm Damage
While many of the worst offenders for lawn and landscape damage are invasive species that came from across the pond, these bad boys are a native species in North America. While the adult insects are technically harmless, their larvae cause brown spots from chewing the grass blades down . The spots kind of look like the dry patches leftover from when pets relieve themselves on the lawn.
The patches will appear stunted, and may even be a bit ratty and unkempt. If you’re unsure if sod webworms are to blame for the brown patches in your yard, look for little green pellets of waste. There will also be little tunnels in the middle of the brown spots, with worm silk running throughout.