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Chinch Bugs

  • A Chinch Bug is an insect which grows to about one-third inch in length. Young Chinch Bugs are called nymphs. These nymphs are about the size of a pinhead with a bright orange color and a white band across their back. Adults are black with white wings on their back.
  • Chinch Bugs damage St. Augustine Grass by piercing and sucking juices from the runner of the plant. The turf will turn a yellow-brownish color and, if left untreated, may die.
  • Control of surface feeding turf pests is a part of our custom program. Insect controls will suppress existing populations. If a heavy infestation is present, several treatments may be necessary.
  • Your irrigation system needs to be in proper running order. Be sure to verify that the patterns from the sprinklers heads overlap properly. All areas of your lawn should be covered evenly with no dry or excessive wet spots. Chinch Bugs thrive and multiply rapidly in hot and dry conditions. Properly irrigated lawns rarely have Chinch Bug problems. When a damaging population arises it is, often times, and indicator of a problem with the irrigation.
  • Chinch Bugs can be found almost anytime of the year in Florida when its hot and dry. This pest matures from egg to adult in as little as 28 days. As a result, all stages in the life cycle may be found in a lawn at any one time. Several treatments may be needed to control these multiple, overlapping generations.
  • Only by combining insect control treatments with proper watering practices can damaging populations of Chinch Bugs be effectively controlled.

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