Large numbers of spring worms invaded Kentucky plains, crops

Annual pests are having a major impact this year, with large numbers of spring worms damaging lawns, crops, and pastures throughout Kentucky.

The fall worm is an annual migratory pest that destroys Kentucky crops and pastures. As a result, manufacturers know how to test insects and control them. However, fallen army worms often do not graze on the large number of entomologists at the University of Kentucky who receive reports this year.

I have been hearing reports from my colleagues at the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment at Extension Emology at Jonathan Larson: “It could be the worst worm outbreak since 1977.” “We are receiving calls from local golf courses, homes and lawn centers for flood damage. This is unusual.”

The first sign of an army worm attack on a compound is a drought-stricken area. When the bugs move on the grass, that area expands, or other areas appear. Fallen army worms tend to eat 24/7 and hide in grass in the lower zone. Homeowners can throw soap on a grass bowl to raise the worms.

The caterpillars have a distinctive “Y” shape on the back of their head and three stripes in the middle of their body.

In May of this year, integrated pest control traps began to be reported in May of this year.

Harvest worms remain active until the first snow of the season.

Larson said the fall of worms to make organic pest control effective is far from over. If the pest is found in large quantities, homeowners can spray pesticides containing pyrethroids (such as bifterine or lamda-silolotrin) or carbilil. Homeowners must repair damaged lawns as it cannot be restored. Some may choose not to do anything to control the insects and to rejuvenate their lawns next spring.

This column was provided by Amy Aldanderfer Hardy County Extension Agent. She is at 270-765-4121, Ext. 114, amy.aldenderfer@uky.edu.

This column was provided by Amy Aldanderfer Hardy County Extension Agent. She is at 270-765-4121, Ext. 114, amy.aldenderfer@uky.edu.

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