If you looked up into your trees and noticed webs hanging from some branches, you may want to inspect those closely. There's a chance those webs might not have been spun by spiders. Instead, you may have a webworm infestation in your tree now that webworm season has kicked off in Oklahoma. You can easily identify webworms because they’ll be covered in hair and have a red or black head. If your tree does have webworms, then it’s best to reach out to a professional pest control company as soon as possible to administer a curative treatment to prevent them from defoliating your trees. Typically, one treatment is enough to get rid of these pests, but you’ll still want to remain vigilant and monitor your trees in case any more pop up!

What are webworms, and what kind of damage can they do?

Web worm infestation found in tree in Midwest City, OK.

If left unchecked, webworms have the potential to cause devastating damage to your trees, which is why it’s helpful to know how to spot them. Webworms can take on two distinct appearances—they can either be yellow with dark stripes or a dull bluish-black color without any yellow. Their bodies are covered in hair, and their heads can either be red or black. One of their distinct characteristics is that they'll spin webs in your trees, so this can make them easy to spot.

Webworms will begin to hatch in late June and are most active from July through September in Oklahoma. During this time, the larvae will be feeding on the leaves of trees as they continue to mature. Eventually, they'll pupate and emerge as adults, and then the second generation of webworms will start feeding on your trees in late August/early September. If the infestation gets too large and goes on for too long, webworms have the potential to defoliate entire trees!

Adult webworm moths are almost pure white, and their presence is a sign that webworms are nearby.

Schedule professional treatments as soon as you notice any webworms!

Elite professional spraying pesticide to tree for webworms in Oklahoma City, OK.

The longer you wait to contact a professional to deal with webworms, the more damage they can cause to your trees. You need to reach out to a professional pest control company to apply treatments as soon as you notice any webworms. Webworms are much easier to deal with during the early stages of an infestation. If you wait too long before reaching out to somebody, there's a chance the infestation will get out of control and they could possibly defoliate your trees! Professionals will spray your trees with high-pressure sprayers to eliminate any existing webworms. Once the webworms are taken care of, you can focus on restoring your trees to their pristine condition!

Monitor your trees after a webworm control treatment.

After your trees are treated for webworms, you don’t want to let your guard down just yet. While one treatment is usually enough to deal with most webworm situations, these pests can be hard to eliminate, especially if you're dealing with a large infestation. If you notice any webworms still feeding on your trees after a webworm treatment, you'll need to contact your local pest control company to apply a second curative treatment to deal with them.

Call us to schedule our webworm control treatment.

If you notice webs hanging from the tops of your trees, get in touch with us immediately! We'll put a stop to any webworm infestation on your property to keep them from continuing to damage your trees. At Elite Lawn Care, we’ll spray your trees using our high-pressure sprayers to cover the entirety of your affected trees to stop the webworms in their tracks! We service residential properties in Oklahoma City, Edmond, Mustang, and surrounding areas in Oklahoma. Call us today at (405) 735-1223 to schedule our webworm control treatment!