With the extreme heat and dry weather that summer brings in Southeast Texas chinch bugs will be on the move and damaging lawns across the region.
The damage that chinch bugs can cause to your lawn can have lasting effects for up to a year or more. They cause this damage by sucking plant juices right at the soil line causing the grass to turn yellow and eventually die. Moderate to heavy infestations in lawns result in yellowish patches that rapidly turn brown and die. Damage prone spots are normally high and well drained areas along driveways, sidewalks, foundations, etc.
Early detection is vital and symptoms can be confuse with other problems, and accurate diagnoses of a chinch bug infestations is important.
Here are some tips to help prevent an infestation in your lawn:
- 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.
Bill Clark Pest Control offers preventative treatment options. Learn more here!