ARMYWORMS marching through Georgia lawns can weaken turf and allow diseases to invade. “This year is the worst for caterpillars of all kinds that I’ve seen in 20 years,” said Will Hudson, an Extension Service entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Birds eat the caterpillars, but when hundreds are present, homeowners need to treat to kill the worms. (Photo courtesy the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Left click to download the 4.2M file, right-click to download the .gif North Georgia lawns are under attack. Fall armyworms are chewing their way throughturf, leaving destruction in their wake. And University ofGeorgia scientists say they’ve only just begun to bite.”This year is the worst for caterpillars of all kinds that I’ve seen in 20years,” said Will Hudson, an Extension Service entomologist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”If you haven’t yet seen fall armyworms on your turf this fall, it’s very likelyyou will, and soon,” said UGA horticulturist WalterReeves.Fall armyworms are the caterpillar stage of a nondescript, small gray moth whichoverwinters in Florida and the tropics. Each year, storms bring the adult moths north. Thefemales lay masses of up to 700 eggs on just about everything.In a recent test, Hudson put 15 small flags on a turf plot. Just 24 hours later, eachflag had at least one egg mass. Some had more than a dozen.”The eggs are cream-colored at first, but turn darker as the tiny caterpillars getready to hatch,” Hudson said. “They’re covered with gray fuzz from the female’sbody.”The first sign that enemy armyworms are near might be birds clustered on your lawn.”Although birds eat caterpillars, they’re no match for hundreds of them on onelawn,” Reeves said. “Look closer at the grass, and you may see severalcaterpillars munching on turf blades.” Young armyworms are one-quarter to three-quarters of an inch long. Mature ones are oneand a half inches. They are dark, with several light stripes down the length of the body.The head or “face” has an inverted Y on it.The first battalion of females lays eggs in south Georgia. Succeeding generations marchup the state, traveling on weather fronts and storms.The caterpillars hatch from eggs in two to four days, depending on the temperature.Eggs develop to fully grown larvae in two to four weeks. The larvae burrow into the soiland form pupae. Moths emerge in about 14 days.Fall armyworms can’t overwinter in north Georgia. They may survive a mild winter inFlorida and extreme south Georgia.”They rarely kill grass,” Reeves said. “But some plots may be severelyweakened. Feeding damage, coupled with damage from the recent drought, may justifyapplying insecticides.”In turf or pastures, finding five caterpillars per square foot is a signal to starttreating for fall armyworms.If you suspect your turf is being infiltrated but can’t find the caterpillars on thegrass, use a soap flush to bring them to the surface.Carbaryl (Sevin), chlorpyrifos (Dursban), acephate (Orthene), sinosyn (Conserve) andother insecticides are effective caterpillar killers.Products containing Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) are effective only on little(a half-inch or smaller) worms. Irrigate before treating, to move the caterpillars out ofthe thatch. Treat in late afternoon, when the caterpillars are likely to begin feeding. Ifpossible, mow before you treat, and then don’t mow for three days after the treatment.For help in identifying armyworms, or for more information on treating them, contactthe local Extension Service office.
The 27-year-old will link up with his new team-mates when he returns from international duty with Ghana, and admitted he has been taken aback by the love he has received from fans over his move.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE 1/1 by Metro Partey is delighted to be joining Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Thomas Partey has thanked Arsenal fans for their overwhelmingly positive reaction to him making the switch to the Emirates Stadium and says it’s a ‘great feeling’ to be part of the Gunners family.The midfielder completed a deadline day move from Atletico Madrid to Arsenal as the north London club activated his £45 million release clause.Partey was Mikel Arteta’s priority transfer target this summer and arrives with a wealth of experience having spent five seasons in Atletico’s first team. Skip Ad PLAY ‘Hello, Gunners, thanks so much for the love, for the messages I’ve received,’ Partey said in a message on Arsenal’s Twitter account.‘I can’t wait to be part of you guys, I can’t wait to join team.‘It’s a great feeling to be part of a family like this. Read More Read More Video Settings deadline day move to West Ham Metro Sport ReporterThursday 8 Oct 2020 5:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.5kShares Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he rejected About Connatix V67539 Top articles Read More Read More 1 min. story Skip The midfielder will wear the No.18 shirt (Picture: Getty Images)‘Thanks so much to everyone for the love, I feel so grateful and so amazed to be part of you.‘I can’t wait to join you guys and don’t forget, no Thomas, no Partey.’Arteta was keen to add Partey as he felt his side were a little short in the middle of the park, and speaking to the club’s official website, the Spanish boss praised the midfielder’s character and technical abilities. ‘We identified him a few months ago and we have been following his progress, and obviously the more you know about the squad, you know more about where you think you can improve it,’ Arteta told the club’s official website.‘We believe he has the right qualities, with his character and his personality and as well with his technical qualities and positional options that he can give to the team.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I think he allows us to play different formations and he can fit in within those formations in different positions, which is a really good thing to have in a squad where, in midfield, I think we were a little bit short.‘I have a few things in mind that I want to start to train with the team and [Partey’s signing] is going to give us a little bit more adaptability and more balance in defending and attacking transitions and the way we have to set up certain structures to attack better in certain moments of the game.’MORE: Edu explains why Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira wanted to leave ArsenalMORE: Edu reveals how Arsenal’s owners reacted to Thomas Partey transfer moveFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and InstagramFor more stories like this, check our sport page SPONSORED Coming Next Full Screen Advertisement / Comment Read More ‘It’s a great feeling to be part of a family like this’ – Thomas Partey sends message to fans as he speaks out on Arsenal move Advertisement