Upcoming change in seasons to bring new, destructive insect to Vigo County

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VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — As the weather begins to change to more mild temperatures, the types of bugs crawling around the county are also changing.

Fall armyworms are one of the new species of insect one may see when walking about town. The crawlers are small but highly destructive, and they are on the way to Vigo County.

According to Tabby Flinn with the Purdue Extension Office in Vigo County, these creatures are actually caterpillars, despite the name. They then slowly grow into small brown moths.

Fall armyworms are not dangerous to humans, but they can damage gardens, grass and fields very quickly, Flinn said.

“Caterpillars do most of their feeding in the last two to three days of their growth, so 80% of their damage occurs in the last couple of days,” Flinn added. “Your hay or alfalfa might look fine on a Friday, but then Monday morning it is going to be nothing but stems.”

Flinn said that if you notice any fall armyworms, you can contact your local Purdue Extension office for a list of pesticides that can be used to get rid of them.

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