Army worms are destructive caterpillar pests of grass pastures and cereal crops that feed from the leaf surface of pasture.If infestation occurs, plants are entirely devoured and field crops decimated.
The hungry worms have invaded most parts of the country during this rainy season an occurrence that has left most farmers pleading to the government’s intervention to see them happily enjoy their produce.
Residents of mwingi west within Kitui county have called upon the county and national government to issue them with pesticides inorder to curb the infestation of the worms that eliminates plants in less a day.
Commenting on the issue, Mwingi west member of national assembly ,Charles Ngusya Nguna has pleaded with his residents to use Ariel detergent(mixing the detergent with water then sprinkling the mixture on the plants) as a way of doing away with the worms as they wait for pesticide from both county and national government.
“Results have shown that Ariel completely kills these worms. I besiege you to use the detergent first inorder to control the situation as we wait for pesticides,”Mheshimiwa Nguna said.