Lawn Problems: Army Worm

Date: 01-05-2022

Seems like there are many stories online of the dreaded armyworm infestation. 

Armyworms are a major pest for lawns. They strike without warning and can quickly wreak havoc by devouring turf. They invade in large numbers and devour any greenery in their path. Almost overnight a healthy lawn can be affected.

Devastating for lawn lovers!

First step is to run the 'soapy water' test:

  1. Mix up a good squirt (1-2 tablespoons) of dishwashing detergent with around 2.5 litres of water in a bucket
  2. Mix it around so it gets soapy
  3. Pour it over an area around 1sqm on your lawn/turf in the areas alongside the damaged turf
  4. Watch the lawn for 15 mins or so and see if any caterpillars appear on the surface.



The best way to destroy and remove armyworms is at the first sign of infestation. Striking early will avoid loss of an entire lawn.  It's important that you treat it as soon as you spot it to reduce the damage. 

While Armyworms can be devastating, there is a great product to be able to treat them. We recommend Acelepryn Insecticide. This is safe to use and controls a wide range of turf pests, including Army Worm. 

Acelepryn is a granular product that needs watering in.  Follow the instructions on our website to apply correctly.

Don't let these pests turn your lawn into a brown, lifeless desert. Take action now!