Chinch Bug Control

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"Even with your best efforts, Chinch bugs are always going to be around. While you can't totally wipe them out, you can significantly reduce the population with a quarterly application of Supreme IT."

Chinch Bug Control: How To Get Rid of Chinch Bugs

Chinch Bugs are a notorious lawn pest that can cause a lot of harm to your lawn. People often think that a lawn is going through stress or suffering a disease with Chinch Bugs being the actual culprit.

Chinch Bugs are recognized as true bugs and have piercing and sucking mouthparts which are used to extract nutrition from grass, resulting in the turf turning brown and dying.

Chinch Bugs overwinter as adults and come out during springtime to lay eggs on their host plant or in the soil. Within a week, the eggs hatch and the feeding begins. If you are unable to see Chinch Bugs right away, you could definitely smell them as they have a strong odor that grows as their population rises.

By following our professional DIY guide, you can get rid of a Chinch Bug infestation yourself. Simply arm yourself with the products we recommend and follow our step-by-step directions to wipe out the Chinch Bug population quickly and affordably.

Identification

Chinch Bug Close Up

Before you can carry out treatment, you need to be sure that the pest you are dealing with is a Chinch Bug and not some other insect. Misidentification can lead to using the wrong treatment methods and products, which can end up being a large waste of time and money.

  • Chinch Bugs have different stages of growth with slightly different appearances at each stage. Adult Chinch Bugs are small (about 1/5 of an inch long) and oval-shaped with a hard body.
  • Their wings are black and white and have a little triangle shape on them. Chinch bug legs have a slight orange-brown color. They stay hidden in the grass thatch area but will climb up onto a blade of grass to consume the grass blade. This is a good time where you can see them.
  • Chinch Bugs kill grass by targeting healthy grass blades. piercing them and sucking the nutrients out. This not only robs the grass of nutrients but also can potentially kill the grass due to a poison that is released during the feeding process that slowly kills turf.

Use our description and image above to help you to identify chinch bugs on your lawn. If you are having trouble identifying, you can send an image to our email address and we will help you to identify the bug properly and offer you control products to eliminate the problem.

Inspection

Lawn destroyed by chinch bugs

Once you have identified Chinch Bugs, perform an inspection to determine the severity of the infestation, where they are concentrated and the hotspots to focus on for treatment. Warmer areas of the country like the southeastern United States have been dealing with the rising problem of Chinch Bugs and the destruction these small pests bring to lawns.

Where to Inspect

Walk through your lawn and observe lawn damage. Chinch Bugs develop a distinct pattern of damage compared to other lawn pests. Chinch bugs are usually found in the areas where they receive full sun or hottest part of the lawn. They can also be found near a radiant heat source like next to the driveway or sidewalk where these pieces of concrete come together.

What to look for

You should be looking for active Chinch Bugs or Chinch Bug damage. Pull back grass from a moist thatch area that has begun to dry out and you will notice Chinch Bugs trying to climb up on blades of grass in search of moisture. Lawns that are damaged by Chinch Bugs appear to have yellow, brown or dead patches of grass that resembles a lawn disease. When it's severe there can be giant patches of dead-looking grass.

Comb dead areas of your grass to check for Chinch Bugs or use a hollow coffee can to single out a suspected area, driving it three inches into the ground. Fill the can with water and agitate. If Chinch Bugs are present, they will float up to the water surface.

Treatment

Once you have completed the inspection, you should then prep your lawn for chemical treatment. Before applying chemicals, we recommend putting on personal protective equipment to keep yourself safe during application.

We recommend a combination of Supreme IT Insecticide and Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules for treating Chinch Bug Infestations. This product is a granular insecticide that should be broadcast over your lawn and watered in to activate the granules. Supreme IT is a chinch bug killer that can be used to activate the granules and works together with the Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules to perform a lethal 1-2 punch to remove the Chinch Bug Population.

Step 1 - Apply Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules To Lawn

Spreading granules

Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules are a granular insecticide labeled to treat many different lawn insects, including Chinch bugs. This product has a residual effect that can last up to 3 months and can be broadcast over your entire yard to address the Chinch bug infestation.

Start by determining how much Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules you will need for Chinch bug treatment by calculating the square footage of the treatment area. To do this, measure and multiply the area length times the width (length x width = square footage).

The typical application rate is 2.3 to 4.6 pounds of Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules to treat 1,000 square feet of lawn. To broadcast the Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules, load your spreader with the proper amount of Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules based on your calculations and evenly distribute over your treatment area. Broadcast half your granules in parallel lines once across the area and then broadcast the other half at a perpendicular angle to cover the area entirely.

Once the Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules has been spread, it will need to be watered in to reach the turf's root zone. This will be done with Supreme IT.

Step 2 - Mix and Apply Supreme IT

Reclaim Hose-End Sprayer Application

Supreme IT Insecticide is a broad-spectrum insecticide that is our go-to liquid Chinch Bug killer. It also has a long-time residual effect that will keep on killing long after application.

Rather than spot treating, it is best to do a full broadcast treatment over the entire lawn with Supreme IT Insecticide. To apply Supreme IT, simply mix water in a hand pump or hose-end sprayer then add Supreme IT at a rate of 0.5 fl. oz. per gallon to cover 1,000 sq. ft.

We recommend using a 20-gallon hose-end sprayer for the application to make broad applications to your entire lawn and so the product has enough water volume to get into the soil to reach the Chinch Bugs. Make sure the sprayers control valve and water pump are off and then attach the hose-end sprayer nozzle to the hose. Remove the hose-end sprayer reservoir container and then add the proper amount of Supreme IT and the proper amount of water.

To make sure you thoroughly coat the area and have enough water to activate the Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules, use 2 or more gallons per 1,000 sq. ft. for the product to reach the roots. The product will mix with the water to make an even emulsion. Reattach the reservoir to the nozzle and turn the water to the hose on. You are now ready to spray.

Push forward on the control valve to begin spraying and evenly distribute the entire amount of product over your treatment area, keeping track of the product left in the reservoir. Apply on calm days when wind speeds are low to minimize drift. Use a fan spray setting to get nice uniform coverage. Reapplication may be necessary until you no longer see chinch bugs present.

Prevention

fertilize your lawn

After the Chinch Bugs have been eliminated from your yard, it is important to instill healthy and regular maintenance practices to promote a healthy turf so that your lawn can fend off any possible infestations in the future and prevent Chinch Bugs from coming back.

  • Rake your grass to aerate your lawn, reduce thatch and improve airflow.
  • Mow your grass at the right height (3 to 4 inches) once a week to promote stronger root growth
  • Fertilize at proper times of the year, ideally once in the Spring and once in the fall.
  • Water your lawn regularly, making sure not to overwater at the rate of 1 to 1.5 inches of water once a week.

Key Takeaways

What are Chinch Bugs?

  • Chinch bugs are a destructive turf insect on residential lawns and commercial landscapes. They reproduce rapidly and deal a lot of damage to turf grass, turning it brown.

How to Get Rid of Chinch Bugs

  • Our top recommendation for chinch bug control is a combination of Valar Plus Bifenthrin Granules and Supreme IT Insecticide. Broadcast the granules evenly then activate with Supreme IT, using a hose-end sprayer to get thorough coverage and broadcast on your entire lawn.

Preventing Chinch Bug Reinfestation

  • Prevent a reinfestation of Chinch Bugs with regular monitoring and routine lawn care practices that promote a healthy stand of turf.
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