Tropical Sod Webworms Attack
Of all the “Lepidoptera” lawn pests in Florida, the tropical sod webworm is the most damaging. It can attack all specie of lawns along the entire gulf coast of the United States. Most damage occurs in fall. Symptoms include browning spots about the size of a quarter. As the infestation worsens, the spots coalesce and become larger. The adult moths cause no damage and can be seen fluttering over the grass as they are disturbed. The problem is the caterpillar or larvae of the moth as they are the ones that do the damage. As always, read the label if you plan to do the treatment yourself. Remember, “the label is the law”.