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Chinch bugs are very small insects that prefer to

live in the thatch layer of grass. The adults

resemble small black flies and are only about

3-5 mm in length. The larval stages suck sap from

the blades at the crown of the plant and usually

cause little harm. During normal weather

conditions they rarely cause heavy damage, but

under heavy drought conditions the added stress

from chinch bug activity can cause the grass to

decline. The damage looks very similar to severe

drought stress and is easy to misdiagnose simply

as heat stress. If damage is noticeable chinch bugs

can be effectively controlled with insecticide.

To check for chinch look carefully in the grass at the outer edges of noticeable damage, not in the middle of dead grass. They are active insects and you will likely find chinch bugs at different stages in their life cycle scurrying around, along with other insects. Some of the larvae are red with no wings. 

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Chinch Bug Damage

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