Insect Control

Fall Armyworm

Juang-Horng ‘JC’ Chong, Research and Extension Entomologist

Contrary to most common beliefs, most insects that occur on turfgrass are not pests.  Some, such as parasitic wasps and ground beetles, are in fact beneficial insects that feed on the pests and help reducing reducing pest population and damage.  Therefore, it is important to identify insects found on turfgrass correctly.  An effective integrated pest management (IPM) program takes into consideration the biology, ecology, environment impacts, and all available treatment options.  An IPM system is not difficult to adopt.  Unbeknown to most turfgrass professionals, they are already utilizing some of these elements in making a pest management decision. more...