Hurricane Ida wreaked mayhem in the US Northeast in September of 2021. Strong winds and flash floods ravaged cities along the coastline. And although the hurricane has long dissipated, problems caused by the storm are still making an impact. One such complication is the spread of fall armyworms. Some have claimed that this year’s infestation is the largest in 30 years.
Known by farmers worldwide as voracious pests, fall armyworms are nothing new. They plague growers in Oklahoma annually near the end of summer, devouring everything in their path. This year, however, storm winds have carried the fall armyworms in their moth stage as far west as Texas and as far north as Michigan, both of which rarely see any significant fall armyworm outbreaks. Many people are waking up to find their previously verdant lawns brown and barren.