These insects can be important as occasional invaders throughout most of the southern U.S. Their populations develop outdoors, feeding on the grass in lawns, fence rows, and open fields. These are small black and white bugs with wings that extend only about half the length of the abdomen when at rest. Some species also have red markings. Chinch bugs are severe pests of certain common turf grasses. St. Augustine grass is seriously damaged in the southern U.S. Nymph and adult Chinch Bugs suck plant juices through their needlelike mouthparts. Moderate to heavy infestations in lawns result in yellowish patches that rapidly turn brown and die.
Preventative treatment: Our first calls for Chinch Bug treatments usually begin in May and continue through September. In an attempt to help avoid the problems this year with Chinch Bug damage, we recommend you consider a preventative service we offer which consists of 4 lawn treatments and guaranteed through the end of the year. For this to be effective in managing Chinch Bugs and to prevent their damage the initial service must be done in April or early May.
Some helpful tips include: Watering of lawns in the early morning thoroughly can enhance healthy root systems. Fertilizing, mowing regularly and adding soil in low spots for good drainage will help lawns be healthy. Too much shade can enhance diseases in lawns. Proper identification of brown patches by a professional is essential to treatment for lawn diseases and chinch bugs. Call us for an inspection.