There is considerable confusion regarding the life cycle and timing of fall armyworm infestation in turfgrass. It is not unusual for fall armyworms to infest newly planted sod in a home landscape, especially during late summer to fall. When fall armyworm infestation is detected, sod producers are often blamed for selling fall armyworm-infested sod. The reality, however, is that not all fall armyworm problems originate from sod farms but instead begin near the home landscape. This Extension circular will clarify the confusion that exists among homeowners and landscape industry based on biology and seasonality of fall armyworm in Georgia. The publication also discusses the possible management strategies to mitigate fall armvworm infestation.
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Published on May 10, 2018