Armyworm pests devour residents’ lawns, some farm fields

The lawn of Larry and Kris Swiontoniowski in Bolles Harbor was recently ruined by armyworms that devoured their once-green grass. The couple had to hire a lawn maintenance firm to get rid of the insect pests.
The back yard of the home of Larry and Kris Swiontoniowski of Bolles Harbor was  defoliated in late August by an infestation of armyworms.  The couple's neighbors also had their lawns ruined by the insect pests.

Larry and Kris Swiontoniowski thought their once green lawn in Bolles Harbor had died when it disappeared recently in one day.

But after a closer examination, they learned it was an infestation of armyworms that was the culprit. The pests invaded their back yard and devoured most of the grass and any garden plants nearby. They said the problem was getting out of control.

“My lawn was gone in one day,” a disappointed Kris told The Monroe News. “Isn’t that crazy? It’s so bizarre. They destroyed us and my neighbors’ yards, too. We might have to replant.”

She contacted Dave’s Complete Lawn Care in Frenchtown Township, a lawn maintenance firm that came to her home Aug. 27 and sprayed her yard with a chemical to kill the worms. He treated the lawns of her other neighbors as well.

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