Army Worms

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Pirate Russ
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Army Worms

Post by Pirate Russ » September 14th, 2021, 12:55 pm

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I typically don't treat the lawn for insects. I used Milky Spore several years ago, and have applied nothing over the last 5-8 years (and have had no issues). Anyway, i am getting concerned about the army worms as they can destroy a lawn almost overnight. Is there an organic approach that some have been taking or do we need to use a product like Grubex (which treats for armyworms)? Thanks.

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Re: Army Worms

Post by MorpheusPA » September 14th, 2021, 1:29 pm

If you have them, treat for them. If not...don't. :-)

You'll need to use the appropriate product in this case. Organic controls will be, at best, unreliable--nematodes, I think, in this case. They can work if used correctly, but that can be hard.

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Re: Army Worms

Post by Pirate Russ » September 14th, 2021, 2:10 pm

Morph - Thanks. My only concern would be by the time you realize you have them, it might be too late.

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Re: Army Worms

Post by MorpheusPA » September 14th, 2021, 4:45 pm

True, but you'll see the symptoms. Regrettably, you can't really treat until you have them, either. GrubEx works, but should be applied on the worms themselves (actually, little caterpillars).

I keep a bag in stock just in case. If (when) I don't use it, it becomes my application of GrubEx the following May, and I buy a new one for stock.

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Re: Army Worms

Post by Pirate Russ » September 15th, 2021, 8:53 pm

Morph - Thanks. Keeping one in stock in good advice.

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