Chinch Bug Control, Damage, And Treatment
The chinch bug is the number one pest of St. Augustine Grass. It will do the most damage to your lawn in a short period of time.
Without chinch bug, insect control they will damage large areas as they multiply. The chinch bug is found in St. Augustine grass from southern North Carolina south to the Florida Keys, and westward to central Texas.
Chinch bug damage has been found in southern California, Mexico, and Hawaii. In Florida they begin to appear in May and continue throughout the summer.
A chinch bug will suck the sap out of the roots and the stems of the grass. At first areas with chinch bug damage will begin to turn yellow in color as irregular patches, then turn reddish brown. Blades start to curl up looking grayish and dead, roots die off as they continue sucking out the juices.
Chinch bugs work there way through the healthy turf. The chinch bug loves to live in dry sunny areas that have heat or drought stress. They are found in the middle of a lawn or near and along driveways and sidewalks working outward. As soon as there is chinch bug damage immediate insect control is needed. Chinch bugs treatment will stop them from spreading.
Description And Development Of The Chinch Bug
Chinch bugs lay their eggs and hatch in as little as one week during the summer. First they appear as bright orange in the Nymph stage, turning dark red as they begin to mature. When fully matured reaching the adult stage they are one – fifth of an inch in length, black with white wings on their back. During this stage with no chinch bug, insect control they will do the most damage, and can fly to other locations in the lawn.
Monitoring For Chinch Bug, Insect Control, Damage
I recommend to inspect your lawn at least once a week during the summer months.
Early detection and chinch bug, insect control can stop a major infestation from occurring and keeping them under control.
Walk sunny areas throughout your yard especially along the edges of pavement where they can begin to do damage. If you notice any signs of a problem get close to the ground and separate the blades of grass with your hands looking around and under the roots.
When exposed to the sun a chinch bug will run to get out of it and you can see them. In heavy infestations, they can be seen crawling over the blades. If you don’t find any chinch bugs it could be a sign of lack of water. I recommend treating extreme dry areas that have become noticeable with chinch bug, insect control. Dry areas is where they tend to lay their eggs.
Chinch Bug Elimination
The best way to get rid of them is to treat with liquid TALSTAR insecticide, soaking the area in and around it.
Granular does work but needs to be thoroughly watered in right away. Blanket treating your lawn is helpful for chinch bug, insect control but there is no guarantee they will not pop up.
By monitoring your lawn on a regular basis and knowing how to identify the problem is the best method for control. Following proper lawn maintenance like watering, mowing, and fertilization can reduce the chances of the chinch bug in St. Augustine grass.
As you can see at the first sign of damage, chinch bug, insect control is needed. Controlling chinch bugs will stop them from eating up your St. Augustine grass. Knowing how to identify the chinch bug and damage, is the first step in stopping an infestation.
Author, Kurt Kmetz