If it looks like your lawn is moving, look closer. It might not be the wind. Armyworms are appearing almost overnight in some North Texas neighborhoods, crawling through grass, marching across streets and sidewalks, and climbing walls. In large numbers, the small, dark-colored worms can eat their way through green lawns and wipe out farm fields before they develop into moths and disappear.

Though they appear every season, the worm has exploded in large numbers in Texas this year. Entomologists said late summer rains may have benefitted the pest, but they couldn’t be certain of a specific cause for the outbreak. Rob Higdon, who runs The Bug Whisperer, a pest control company in Keller, said he had never had a call about the worm until this week. By noon Thursday, he had five. READ MORE