While it’s true that bugs aren’t known to pose certain health risks to people, they can be extremely dangerous to your lawns. You shouldn’t let a chinch bug’s size fool you. These pests may be tiny, but they can cause visible and irreversible damage to your turf grass. If your lawn is infected, it’s only a matter of time before you’ll see yellowed patches of grass that quickly turn into large fully dead spots. You’ll need the help of an experienced lawn expert to help you solve this problem.

What You Need to Know About Chinch Bugs

What Chinch Bugs Look Like

In most cases, adult chinch bugs are black with distinctive white-colored patches on their wings. Their wings make them look like they have an “X” on their backs when they’re at rest. On the other hand, chinch bug nymphs appear reddish with a white band across their backs. Furthermore, adult chinch bugs have an average length of about 1/5 of an inch while nymphs are smaller in terms of size.

How They Feed

They use their specialized piercing mouthparts to suck the life out of the turfgrass and the plant sap. As this happens, the plants get injured and yellow or brown patches begin to form in the infested lawn. These patches will eventually turn into reddish-brown until they die. These insects also inject a toxin that makes dries out the leaf blades.

How to Spot Chinch Bugs

In most cases, chinch bugs get busy around June through August. They usually attack Red Fescue grass, Perennial Rye, Bentgrass, and Kentucky Bluegrass. Whenever they’re around, large patches of dead turf appear. The best way to check is to grab a can with the bottom cut off and sink it into the turf a few inches deep. Fill the can with water and check if there are any chinch bugs floating to the surface. 

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