Cutworms

Cutworms

Appearance:  Cutworms average in size from 1”-2” long.  If disturbed, they will roll up into a “C” shape, which makes them very distinguishable.  They can be seen in a variety of colors, including green, gray, brown, black, or tan, and they may have dark spots on their bodies, or they may be stripped or solid in color, too.  They are called Cutworms, because they have a habit of chewing, or cutting, through young plants at the base of the plant.

Location and Behavior Patterns:  Cutworms can be hazardous to your garden, your grass, or to your flowerbed.  They are especially harmful to young seedlings.  They will feed on plants in the evening hours, or on cloudy days, but they tend to hide in the soil during the daylight hours. 

The Cutworms are actually the larvae of night-flying moths.  If you witness the presence of moths around your property, especially in the evening hours, then the chances are promising that you have Cutworm eggs within your soil.

Treatment:  Insecticide is very effective at treating Cutworms around your property.  It is best to apply the insecticide to your lawn, garden, and/or flowerbed, during the late afternoon or early evening hours.  Your pest control specialist can treat your property for Cutworm infestations.

Cutworms