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The moths are 1/2 to 3/4 in. long. They have a prominent snout. The forewings are brown or dull ash gray with a whitish streak from the base to the margin; the hind wings are brownish. When at rest, the moths fold their wings closely. The tiny, oblong eggs are white to pale yellow. Most sod webworms vary from pinkish to yellowish to light brown. They become 5/8 to 1 in. long with thick bodies, coarse hairs and spots on each segment. The head is yellowish brown to black. Individual caterpillars often assume a C-shape. The reddish-brown pupae are oblong and 3/8 to 1/2 in. long.
Recommendations for insecticides approved for control of these insects in home lawns can be found under Sod Webworms in Insect Control in Home Lawns in the NC Agricultural Chemicals Manual.
Recommendations for insecticides approved for use on sod farms, golf courses or other commercial sites can be found in Commercial Turf Insect Control in the NC Agricultural Chemicals Manual.