Chinch Bugs Damage Lawns
If you have St. Augustine grass, then you probably love its lush, green look but you also know about Chinch bugs. Unfortunately, this type of lawn is susceptible to chinch bugs, especially in the full sun. Maybe the easiest way to avoid these nuisances is by choosing a different type of turf. However, that’s not a realistic choice for many, especially those with quite a bit of shade in their yard.
It’s not unusual for people with a chinch bug infestation to think that they are dealing with drought or another problem. That’s because the chinch bug feeds on grass, making it appear brown and dead. To add insult to injury, these little critters inject poison into grass plants to finish them off for good. As the turf dies, the bugs move into an increasingly larger area. Depending upon the size of the infestation, that dead patch can grow in a hurry.
It isn’t easy for homeowners to identify chinch bugs as the source of their lawn problem. They are only about 1/5 of an inch long, making them difficult to see. If you want to try to find them yourself, then use the classic tin can method. This involves cutting each end off of a tin can, then pushing one end of the can into the lawn in the middle of the dying patch. Fill the can with water, and make sure you keep it filled for about 10 minutes. Chinch bugs will begin to float to the surface, signaling the source of your problem.
One of the best ways to protect your turf from chinch bugs is practicing proper lawn maintenance. We provide this service for homeowners and businesses throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Utilizing the best thatch-control and mowing techniques, we help your lawn thrive, and that enables you to avoid chinch bugs. We’ll also put your lawn on an appropriate fertilization schedule. It’s just one more way that we help to ensure that chinch bugs and other pests are kept away from your turf.
Believe it or not, dealing with chinch bugs or preventing them from setting up a colony in your lawn may be as simple as that. Chinch bugs love to set up house in thatch, but with proper fertilization and thatch removal, they’ll have less incentive to like your lawn. Give us a call if you suspect that you have a chinch bug problem in your lawn.