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  • Writer's pictureJon Stoddard

What are Chinch Bugs and How Do I get Rid Of Them?

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What are chinch bugs? Great question. Chinch bugs are small, black insects that attack lawns and gardens. They suck the juices out of plants, which can cause them to wilt and die. Chinch bugs are especially fond of St. Augustine grass, but they will also feed on other types of turfgrass. If you have chinch bugs on your lawn, you will want to contact the services of a pest control company immediately to spare yourself irreparable damage that can occur to your St. Augustine turf.

What Do Chinch Bugs Look Like?

Adult chinch bugs are about 1/5 of an inch long and are black with white markings on their wings. Nymphs (baby chinch bugs) are red or orange and do not have wings. Both adults and nymphs feed on grass plants by piercing them with their mouthparts and sucking out the juices in the plant.

How Do I Know If I Have Chinch Bugs?

A few telltale signs indicate that you might have chinch bugs on your lawn. One is if you see small, black insects crawling around on the grass. Another is if you notice brown or yellow patches on your property, as this is where the bugs have been feeding and causing damage.

Can I Prevent Chinch Bugs From Getting On My Lawn?

Unfortunately, there is no surefire way to prevent chinch bugs from getting on your lawn. However, you can take steps to make your yard less attractive to them Also, follow the advice in this blog post called "What Do I Need to Know About Lawn Care In Florida. It is a great read to educate yourself regarding lawn care in Florida":

  1. Keep your lawn and turf healthy by mowing it regularly and fertilizing it according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

  2. Water your lawn deeply but infrequently to help encourage deep root growth Here are some lawn watering tips that every home owner should know.

  3. Get rid of any weeds in your lawn, as they can provide a food source for chinch bugs.

What Should I Do If I Have Chinch Bugs?

If you have chinch bugs on your lawn, your best course is to contact a pest control company specializing in dealing with these pests. They will be able to assess the extent of the infestation and recommend a treatment plan. In most cases, this will involve applying an insecticide to your lawn. Be sure to follow the pest control company’s instructions carefully to ensure that you get rid of the chinch bugs and prevent them from coming back.

How Can Imperial Pest Prevention help protect my yard again Chinch Bugs?

At Imperial Pest Prevention, we understand how frustrating and damaging a chinch bug infestation can be. That’s why Imperial Pest Prevention offers various services to help get rid of these pests and prevent them from coming back. Our lawn technicians will work with you to create a customized treatment plan that will address the specific needs of your lawn. There are many top benefits of hiring a lawn spraying service. Contact Imperial Pest Prevention today to learn more about how we can help you get rid of chinch bugs for good.

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