Neighborhood landscapers swarmed with armyworm inquiries, appointments

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – They may have started out as pesky yard bugs but this the latest infestation of armyworms is wreaking havoc on lawns throughout south-central Kansas.

Neighborhood landscape professionals mentioned they are doing work all-around the clock to exterminate them.

“I assume everyone’s doing the job as a lot as they potentially can to get a grip on the scenario,” reported Matt Hermes, operator of Elite Landscape Options, LLC, in Wichita.

Hermes explained he has labored every day for about a week with non-halt customer phone calls about armyworms.

“A whole lot of folks have referred to as in thinking there’s an issue with their sprinkler process or that they’ve obtained some form of fungus, which is really not the circumstance,” claimed Hermes. “In 99 p.c of situations, it is been armyworms.”

Dewey Mcfeeter’s son owns 4 Star Lawn Treatment. He mentioned the business has sprayed for armyworms from Derby to Andover and up to Newton.

“They can appear in and wipe out a property in two, a few days real quick. The very last time I observed them all-around right here, I think it was about 19 several years in the past, about. But they did not do this type of destruction,” said Dewey Mcfeeters.

He mentioned Four Star Lawn Treatment has covered more than a hundred yards just due to the fact final 7 days.

“Probably about 120, 130 yards. But we’ve bought calls coming in each and every day and we labored this Saturday and normally we don’t even operate Saturdays,” explained Mcfeeters.

Landscaping specialists say observing sudden patches of brown, lifeless grass when it was at the time a inexperienced nutritious shade, could be a indicator that your garden is infested with armyworms.

“From the consumers that we’ve talked to, to even us being in the marketplace, every person would seem to be running actually reduced on the chemical. I think all your significant box stores and suppliers are out,” reported Hermes.

“A whole lot of these yards that are wiped out, they’re going to have to have to be re-seeded and I think folks are heading to be in shock for the price,” mentioned Mcfeeters. “Because grass seed is up 40 p.c, labor’s hard to obtain.”

Mcfeeters and Hermes said the very best detail to do is preventatively spray your property to avoid an even even larger, more expensive issue down the highway.

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