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Watch out for army worms

Our wet, mild August weather could set the scene for a major problem with fall army worms. (KTUL)

CREEK COUNTY, Okla. (KTUL) - Our wet, mild August weather could set the scene for a major problem with fall army worms.

This is the time of year when they start to appear and all the lush and green vegetation makes our state a big salad bar for them.

In bad cases, an infestation can make it look like your lawn is moving.

Kent Daniel, of Daniel Lawn Care, has already been treating homes, including one where the homeowner noticed the worms swarming across her driveway.

Daniel said, "There were about six to eight worms per-square foot in this area. There were also moths. You could see the creamish, tannish moths on the surface."

Fortunately, Daniel made quick work of the worms with a spraying system. He said the worms come in large numbers, but they have soft bodies and are easy to kill.

The staff at the OSU Extension Service says they're a nuisance for homeowners, but they can cost farmers a lot of money.

Extension Educator and Horticulturist Brian Jervis said they can do a lot of damage to a field.

"If it takes out 20 percent of their hay foliage then they lose," Jervis said. "Then that decreases their harvest quite bit."

He advises us to keep an eye on our lawns by looking for brown spots.

The worms are camouflaged, but they are visible if you look closely.

Daniel added that if you don't catch before the lawn goes brown, you're wasting your money spraying.

Daniel said, "They don't know what's happened because the worms have moved on. But the damage it takes quite a while for the grass to recover."

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