Chinch Bug Control
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 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 their 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 & Development of the Chinch Bug
When fully matured and 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 control, they will do the most damage and can fly to other locations on the lawn.
Monitoring for Chinch Bug Damage
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 control. Dry areas is where they tend to lay their eggs.
How to Get Rid of Chinch Bugs
The best way to get rid of Chinch bugs is to treat them with liquid TALSTAR insecticide, soaking the area in and around them.
Granular does work but needs to be thoroughly watered in right away. Blanket treating your lawn is helpful for chinch bug control but there is no guarantee they will not pop up.
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 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.