Autumn can mean increased caterpillar populations

Autumn can be a time when caterpillar populations build up quickly, and this is already being reported in some areas.

Turf pest caterpillars;

  • Live in the thatch, core holes or soil tunnels
  • Emerge at night to feed
  • There are several species grouped into;
    • Armyworms
    • Cutworms
    • Webworms
  • All turf species can be attacked

Keep an eye out for bird activity and scout in the thatch for the presence of frass.

Due to the nocturnal activity of the pests late evening or night time spraying can sometimes give better results.

Tempo Xtra has good activity on caterpillars.

Send an e-mail or photograph to if you have any experiences of turf with either of these symptoms.




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