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Armyworms chew grass blades along the edges, giving the lawn a ragged appearance. In severe infestations, the lawn can be chewed almost to the bare ground.
The worms are up to one and a half inches in length, and their color varies from light green to a brownish-black, with several stripes along the side.
Armyworms are the larvae of dull grey-brown moths that hide during daylight and become quite active in the evening. The moths have a wingspread of about one and a half inches.
Armyworms can be controlled with a lawn insect control chemical.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|