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Preparing your Yard for Fall! | Fall Webworms

caterpillar looking worms

Ahhhhh, the fall season is finally here!  Pumpkins, crisp cooler air, and even the leaves are changing colors. As excited as you may be about Autumn, are you getting prepared for those Fall Webworms? Now you might be wondering, ‘what is a Fall Webworm and how do i know if I have them?’ Well, that is why the team at Sussex Tree Inc. is here to help and assist you to make sure your trees and yard are set and ready for a smooth transition into the colder season.

In case you have never heard of a Fall Webworm before in your entire life, let’s review these sneaky buggers so you can make sure your trees are in their best health. Fall Webworms are widely distributed native pests of shade trees. They feed on about 90 species of deciduous trees commonly attaching hickory, walnut, birch, cherry, and crabapple. You might be able to find fall webworms nesting on the end of branches opposed to tree crotches where regular caterpillars nest.

Fall Webworms start out as white hair-covered egg masses that contain several hundred light yellow eggs. Young larvae are usually a pale yellow with two rows of black marks along their bodies and when fully matured, they are covered in whitish hairs that originate from black and orange warts.

Fall webworms will not entirely kill your tree but it puts stress on the tree which can cause much more serious issues. When the larval stage of this pest skeletonized and consumes leaves inside a tent-like web which provides them food for growth.

If you are unsure if you have Fall Webworms on your trees or you would like treatment, don’t forget to reach out to the tree experts at Sussex Tree! We have various locations in Delaware including Rehoboth Beach DE, Bethany Beach DE, Georgetown DE, Seaford, Milford and Lewes DE. And the great thing about Sussex Tree Inc, is we come to you!! Call us today for more information or visit our site!