SAN ANGELO, Texas (KLST/ KSAN) – The above-average amount of rainfall this season has brought with it a pest that comes in groups of thousands called “armyworms.”
Armyworms are among 30 different species of moth and even though they can be sprayed for, they are likely to return. They’re green, brown, and black with a distinctive white line between the eyes.
Armyworms are especially damaging to turf grass, but also destroy corn and other crops. Enlarging brown spots and large numbers of birds on your lawn can be signs of these pests, even if you can’t see the worms themselves.
Patsy McIntire, owner of Bug Express says, “You don’t see them every year. A lot of it has to do with the rain, we’ve had an immense amount of rain this year including the snow and everything. So it’s kind of their cycle. In 34 years, I’ve dealt with really huge infestations about three or four times. This is one of those times.”
Pest control professionals aren’t expecting armyworms to go away anytime soon, saying they’ll continue to be a problem until the first frost.