Chinch Bug Destruction of Formerly Healthy Lawns

Chinch Bugs Cause Brown Spots and Destroy Your Lawn

Chinch bugs love to spend time in open, sunny areas, and often appear in very large numbers; in fact, they’re often present in the hundreds in an areas as small as a single square foot. Chinch bug infestations often go unnoticed because of their exceedingly small size. An adult chinch bug is about one-sixth of an inch long and had a greyish-black body which is covered in fine hairs. On top of their bodies are a set of white wings, joined on each side of the body by sets of reddish legs. Young chinch bug nymphs can be as small as a pinhead, and are commonly brick-red in color.

Chinch bugs mainly feed on a variety of grasses, including red fescues, perennial ryegrass, bentgrass, and Kentucky bluegrass. Chinch bugs are most common during high summer, and are attracted to turf grass that is exposed to full sunlight. Damage caused by chinch bugs can be best noticed during the period between early July and late August, when these insects feed most ravenously.

Adults and nymphs alike can cause fairly serious damage to grass, as they feed on the plant matter, remove important plant fluids, and inject a certain natural toxin that causes the grass to turn from yellow to brown, and eventually die. One of the most prominent indications of chinch bug infestations is the appearance of large patches of dead, brown grass. These patches will of course appear unsightly amid a well-maintained lawn, and may even have to be specially treated or removed by lawn care specialists.

If you believe that your lawn is being infested by chinch bugs, it’s a good idea to call your pest control professional as soon as possible in order to avoid mounting damage and even more excessive lawn care costs. Your pest control expert will be able to determine exactly which species of chinch bug is responsible for the damage to your yard, be they the western variety, the hairy variety, or the southern variety.

Over time, chinch bugs have become immune to a variety of pesticides, which means that effectively exterminating their population numbers can be challenging. Even as early as the 1950s, chinch bugs were resistant to powerful pesticides like DDT. There still are are few pesticides that have proven effective against chinch bugs in the past, however, including Talstar and Acephate.

The removal of excessive thatch is another important step when it comes to the elimination and control of chinch bugs. Adequate maintenance of moisture on lawns and plants will also help reduce feeding damage and promote the growth of beneficial fungi that will help protect your plants from these insects. The use of low nitrogen fertilizer will also slow the reproduction of chinch bugs.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas chinch bug exterminators are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If chinch bugs have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced chinch bug removal experts.