Lawn-destroying armyworms worst in 14 years

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WICHITA, Kan. — An invasion of armyworms is taking over Wichita area lawns.

The Sedgwick County Extension Center said it began getting calls about a week ago. The attack was mild, but it's in full swing so if you have the worms, your grass could go from lush green to brown in a matter of days.

"When you see some brown patches, you'll have to get on your hands and knees and you'll see them," said Extension Agent Bob Neier.

Young worms are a half to a third-inch long. Mature ones are one and a half inches long. They are green to almost black, but light stripes will be visible along the length of the body.

Armyworm damage can look like drought hit, but if you look closely you will see the worms eating away. Neier said this is the worst they've been since the year 2000.

Neier says if you see the worms, get your lawn sprayed. Once the worms are under control, wait a few days then water it well, and your grass should come back.


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