Chinch Bug

Chinch-Bug-Pest-Control

Chinch bugs are true insects that can cause a lot of damage to lawns and turfs. Most of the time, because of their small size, they are not that noticeable and before an infestation is found, a homeowner may notice lawn damage first.

Identification & Description
Chinch bugs are small, slender insects that are typically black in color with white wings and black triangular markings on its wings. The newly hatched nymphs are brighter in color. As they develop, they will gradually change in color from a reddish color to a black color. Nymphs have white bands across their abdomens and will go molt as they mature.

Life Cycle
Chinch bugs undergo an incomplete metamorphosis which means they hatch from their eggs as nymph and molt as they mature into an adult. Chinch bugs will overwinter and then lay eggs in the spring season. For about two weeks, an adult female will lay about 15-20 eggs a day. It only takes about 1-2 weeks for the nymphs to emerge from their eggs and only about  a month for them to mature to an adult. During the summer season, there is an overlap of all generations and all stages of the chinch bug can be found. A lifespan will typically last less than a year.

Habitat, Food Source & Damage
The primary host that Chinch bugs are the most known for hosting on is St. Augustine’s grass. However, there are other host plants that chinch bugs feed on and live in which may include Bermuda grass, Bahia grass, Centipede grass and etc. They cause damage to lawns because they feed by sucking out the plant juices from the stems. While they suck out, they will also inject chemicals into the plant. Therefore, you can detect a chinch bug infestation when you notice patches of yellow or dried out grass on your lawn. They will be the most damaging during the spring and summer season in bright and sunny areas of the lawn.

 

To control chinch bugs we recommend

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MERIT 0.5 G GRANULES - 30 LB. BAG

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HOW TO GET RID OF CHINCH BUGS

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Date: Monday, 17. January 2011 17:49
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