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How To Control Chinch Bugschinch bug

It’s not easy to keep a green, healthy lawn. Not only because of the work that needs to be put in to maintain turf, but also working to protect your lawn from external forces such as weeds and lawn pests. One such lawn pest that can present a significant problem if left untreated long enough is the chinch bug. Warmer areas of the country like the southeastern United States have been dealing with the rising problem of chinch bugs and the destruction these little bugger bring to lawns.

Chinch bugs are a notorious lawn pest which can cause a lot of harm to your lawn. Chinch bugs are recognized has true bugs and have piercing and sucking mouthparts which is used to extract nutrition from grass, resulting in the turf turning brown and dying.

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…

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’re unable to see chinch bugs right away, you could definitely smell them as they have a strong odor which grows as their population rises.

If you have chinch bugs on your lawn, you’ve come to the right place. Solutions Pest and Lawn can deliver to you high quality pesticides to clear these bugs from your lawn.

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How To Control Chinch Bugs: 3 Step Solution

Chinch bugs may be annoying to have on your lawn but controlling them doesn’t have to be complicated. We recommend a combination of cultural means of control with chemical applications as well to put an end to chinch bugs destroying your lawn. Chinch bugs are readily controlled by most liquid insecticides approved for turfgrass such as bifenthrin, malathion or any of the synthetic pyrethroids. Solutions Pest and Lawn carries the best professional grade pesticides available that you won’t be able to find at your local garden center or department store. Take a look at our simple 3 step plan to eliminate these irritating pests successfully

Step 1: Before proceeding with chemical control, it is best to first perform a careful inspection to see where these chinch bugs are concentrated and whether you have a small or large infestation. Check the damage of your grass. We would recommend before bringing chemical applications into the mix to prep your grass by removing excess thatch to allow for products to have a better reach.

Step 2: Now to move onto chemical treatment. Equip yourself with a high-quality insecticide that you can find below and mix into a hand-pump sprayer. Timing is important when controlling chinch bugs. It’s best to apply in the early summertime as it will help to kill the active nymphs before they mature into adult chinch bugs prevent the next generation of chinch bugs from overwintering and returning in the spring.

Rather than spot treating, do a full broadcast treatment over the entire lawn. Reapplication may be necessary until you no longer see chinch bugs present. Reclaim I/T, use 1 ounce per 1,000 sq ft. In a sufficient amount of water to ensure penetration of turf grass. This is best achieved by using a Hose End Sprayer. Be sure to treat the entire lawn.

Step 3: After the chinch bugs have been wiped out, it is important to instill healthy and regular maintenance practices to promote a healthy turd so that your lawn can fend off any possible infestations in the future and prevent chinch bugs from coming back. Mow your grass at the right height, fertilize at proper times of the year and water your lawn regularly but don’t overwater.

Our pesticides can also be used as a preventative measure to keep bugs out so be sure to apply at least quarterly to keep your lawn bug free. Remove excessive thatch and apply a Liquid Nitrogen fertilizer and top dress with light organic mulch. Adding some slow release nitrogen will help keep your lawn less desirable to Mr. Chinch Bug and an annual application of a light dusting of the soil with compost. 

How To Control and Eliminate Chinch Bugs 

The frequent guest of our southern lawns, the chinch bugs, can cause extensive, unsightly damage to your lawns.  Known to attack St. Augustine, Zoysia, Bermuda and Centipede grasses. Chinch bugs are one of the most invasive insects that will attack your lawn.

Chinch Bugs go through incomplete metamorphosis. The first few instars appear a reddish color. The adult chinch bug will be about ⅕ th of an inch, black with white wings that are folded over their backs.


Unfortunately, these little fellows can fly and will travel from lawn to lawn.  The injured lawn will turn yellow to brown in patches that have an irregular shape. Theses symptoms will be found near sidewalks or driveways or where the turf has direct sunlight all day.  You will not locate them in the shady or moist areas.


What is the threshold of control?

When you are trying to figure out when you should treat for chinch bugs, follow these rules:  Locate 20 to 25 Chinch bugs per square foot of turf, then a professional would recommend that you apply some type of insecticidal remedy.


Flotation Method:

1. Take a coffee can, remove the top and the bottom
2. Push into the soil where there might be suspected activity and give it a couple of twisting motions
3. Use a knife and cut the soil around the outer rim of the coffee can.
4. Fill with water for about 10 minutes and check for chinch bugs as they float the surface.
If you find as many as 2 to 4, then now is the time to apply your insecticide.

5. Do not confuse the chinch bug with the big eye bug, they have big eyes and are predators of the chinch bugs.

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