Chinch Bug Alert!

Posted by nutrilawn

7/10/12 3:17 PM

Chinch Bug Alert!

Summer heat is in full effect and lawns are now showing signs of browning out. Be aware, this could be more than just drought. Tiny surface insects called Chinch Bugs are very common during the summer months. Chinch Bugs typically live in the thatch and suck the juices from the grass leaf blades causing damage that looks very similar to drought stress.



Chinch Bugs are very tiny but can cuase major damage. The damaging nymphal life stage of the chinch bug is bright red in color with a white stripe across its back. In order to find them you will have to get down on your hands and knees and spread the turf apart. The best place to look for active chinch bugs is in areas where the stressed turf meets the healthy turf.


Different Life Stages of Chinch Bugs

Damage caused by chinch bugs is usually permanent and the lawn will not recover when it rains or the lawn gets watered. It is very important to identify, treat and eliminate these chinch bug Infestations before they multiply and the damage becomes extensive to a lawn.

Chinch Bug Damage to a Lawn

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Topics: The Grass Expert

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