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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.
If you think you have chinch bug damage, WE CAN HELP! Contact us today for an estimate!