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Do you have weird brown patches in your lawn, even when your lawn is getting enough Cape Coral lawn care? If you see circles of dead-looking grass, you might have a chinch bug infestation. A chinch bug is a tiny insect that feeds on the grass sap, harming – and eventually killing – your lawn.
In northern Florida, the peak of chinch bug activity is between March and November. But in southwest Florida, chinch bugs are a threat all year long. If chinch bugs invaded your turf, your grass will show the following sequence of infestation:
- Grass will grow slower (compared to unaffected areas)
- Grass will start to turn yellow
- Grass will turn a reddish-brown color
- Grass will die in large sections – it might look like damage from a drought
- You have St. Augustine grass – the chinch bugsʼ favorite meal
- Your soil is sandy or filled with shells
- Youʼre using too much fertilizer
- Youʼre over-watering your lawn
- Your neighbors have chinch bugs. Chinch bugs are happy travelers and will go from lawn to lawn within a neighborhood, looking for their next feeding ground.
If you think you have chinch bugs, you can look for them in your lawn. If the number of bugs is high enough, you can see them right on the blades of grass. But chinch bugs usually prefer to stay just underneath the blades, feeding between the thatch and the soil. In that case, you’ll need to get creative with your Cape Coral lawn care.
Use a Dust Buster; suck up an area at the infestation site. Empty it into a large plastic bag, bucket or container where you can inspect the findings. Look for chinch bugs. Use a magnifying glass if necessary. Repeat the process a few times to be sure.
Use an empty coffee can. Cut the ends off, and stick the can into an infected area. Push it at least 3 inches into the soil. Fill the can with water – really soak it – so that bugs start floating up to the surface. If you don’t find chinch bugs on the first try, you’re not necessarily in the clear. Test a few other sections to confirm your results.
If you’ve discovered chinch bugs, are at high risk for infestation or require a Cape Coral Lawn Service technician to come inspect your grass, get help from a pest control company with Cape Coral lawn care that carries a Quality Pro designation. Call us at (800) 314-8813 or contact us online.