All About Chinch Bugs

Nov 3, 2014 | Insects & Pests

Investing time and money in the welfare of your lawn can be tricky, you want to be sure there isn’t any corner left unturned when it comes to what could ever do damage to your lawn. However, aside from weather factors and weeds, another damaging pest can be the chinch bug.

What Are Chinch Bugs?

Chinch bugs are very small bugs that use their mouths to pierce your lawn and eat it. They tend to be a grayish color once, at full maturity they measure to only be about ⅛ of an inch. They may be small, but if left untreated, they can do serious damage to your lawn.

Chinch bugs thrive in warmer, moist weather climates. These bugs have also adapted to the southern winters, meaning that many can thrive in temperatures that average in the 60s. This can pose a problem for homeowners near metro Atlanta around December as we are expecting warmer highs than usual.


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The teeny size of chinch bugs can make spotting a problem pretty difficult until the damage is great. If you happen to spot a bit of a problem caused by chinch bugs eating your lawn, don’t worry! Proper irrigation and treatment will help your lawn survive a visit by these little bugs.  Watering your lawn prior to implementing insecticide will help bring the bugs to the surface and ensure that they are taken care of. Allow a professional lawn care service to evaluate and discuss the best course of treatment for your lawn.

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