Cutworms, armyworms, webworms and bill bugs, Oh My!  These four tiny little Atlanta Lawn Insects are the most common pests that invade your Atlanta turf and feed on the leaves and stems.  Insects such as these have chewing mouth parts and consume leaf tissue and growing shoots of grass.  This causes the turf to thin out and become weak, leaving bare spots in your Atlanta lawn.  Cutworms hide in the burrows of your aerated lawn during the day and come out at night to eat the turf surrounding the burrow resulting in brown circles or streaks in the lawn.  The cutworm caterpillar feeds on the turf in the spring and once fully grown they burrow back into holes in the ground and pupate until they are full grown.  As adult moths they mate and females lay up 1200 eggs in less than ten days.  The eggs are attached to blades of grass in your Atlanta turf.   Atlanta Lawn Insect, cutworm caterpillar’s, life cycles are sixty days and usually have up to four generations a year.  Armyworms do not burrow like the cutworm.   However, they do feed together and clip the lawn in an endlessly-expanding front.  Eggs of armyworms hatch into larvae and feed for three to four weeks, they then pupate within the soil for two or three weeks and emerge as adult moths.  Their life span is only about sixty days.  The sod webworm is  a fairly common Atlanta Lawn Insect in the fall months and seem to survive better in taller grasses.  Webworms spin silk webbing at the base of your Atlanta turf and extend their bodies from their protected area to clip grass and eat it in the silk webbing. The most significant feeding damage occurs during the late summer with this Atlanta Lawn Insect.  The actual adult moth does not do any damage to the lawn.  They fly and mate at night.  The mated female loosely drops her eggs into the turf and usually has between two and three generations a year.  The billbug attacks all different types of Atlanta turf.  The grubs of the billbugs bore holes into the stems of grasses until they are too fit inside the stem.  Feeding by large amounts of grubs during the winter months can kill or delay the greening of Zoysia and Bermuda grass.   Not to worry here at Nature’s Turf we can control these unwanted pest along with our Atlanta Lawn Care Program.