You may have read in theĀ  Charlotte Observer newspaper Thursday 10/10/01 that there is an uncharacteristically incredible infestation of the Fall Army Worm. The N.C. Cooperative Extension Service did not predict it and call it an epidemic. In short, the army worm feeds on fresh growth of new grass and can wipe out an entire lawn in a matter of days. To see if your soil has them hiding in it, try this simple test. Put 2 ozs of dishwashing liquid in 4 gallons of water. Pour the mix on a 3 feet by 3 feet area of lawn. The soapy solution will irritate the caterpillars and flush them up. This will not harm the turf. An insecticide treatment like Sevan should be applied if more than 8 or 9 worms surface.