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Chinch Bug Information

We have found that once a lawn is diagnosed with a Chinch Bug over-population, an annual, two-treatment program is necessary to keep these bugs from over-populating again. Chinch Bug infested lawns that have received timely annual insecticide treatments have had great success in minimizing the return of these bugs in damaging numbers.

What is a Chinch Bug?

Chinch Bugs are a small flying insect, about 3/16" long. The adult Chinch Bug has a black body with short shiny white wings, while the young insect is orange in color. Bugs are common lawn pests that cause serious damage to lawn turf by sucking the fluid from the grass at its root and crown while at the same time injecting the plant with toxic saliva causing the grass to wilt and die.

The Chinch Bug is a natural part of your lawn’s eco-system and, when at normal population, is not damaging to your lawn. However, at times our geological area experiences a breeding cycle which can produce the Chinch Bug more rapidly than the environment can tolerate. The result of this over-population is the appearance of irregular, small, yellow-reddish, round "dead" areas in your lawn.

There are generally 2-3 egg-laying generations of Chinch Bugs each year, with each generation causing more damage than the last. We suggest, the best way to control this bug is with the recommended 2 scheduled insecticide treatments. The first treatment would be done during early-mid June, after the first hatching of the season, but before the female is able to lay her eggs (of which she is capable of laying 300 at a time!). A second treatment would follow approximately 3-5 weeks later. These two treatments will normally control the Chinch Bug population for the season. Occasionally, a third treatment may be required.


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