How Can You Spot Chinch Bug Damage in Your Houston Area Lawn?
Chinch bug damage can turn your lawn to hay. In this video, Houston Grass South Owner talks about how to identify chinch bug damage in your lawn and treatments you can use to kill the chinch bugs. Please call us at 281-431-7441 if you need more information.
Summary of the Chinch Bug Damage Video
– – [Michael] We’re here in an area that we’ve found this is an area I noticed some chinch bug damage and we’ve pulled over to look. This is as many chinch bugs as I’ve ever seen in an area.
How to Tell the Difference Between Chinch Bug Damage and Drought Stressed Grass
Basically, chinch bugs are looking for drought-stressed grass, so you might think there’s just a dry spot in your yard. More than likely, that is where they start and it’s usually up next to the concrete, because that heat radiating off that concrete stresses that grass. The chinch bugs will move in and if you think you’ve got ’em, you don’t look at the dead area, you look at the areas around the perimeter where it’s still kind of green.
The chinch bugs will kill an area and as they eat, they suck the juice out of the plant and it basically turns it to hay and they inject a toxin as they eat, as well. So, you’re replacing the grass, because the only thing that’s going to come back there is weeds.
Basically, you can see ’em in here. You see there’s little gnat looking guys. Black bodies with… Their wing tips are white, so you see a, they basically form as an adult stage it forms an X across their back as they fold their wings. But, there are different life stages. They say if you can get down on your hands and knees and kind of part the grass, if you can count more than five or six of them in a minute or so, you got to problem. Right now, I’m not counting, but there are hundreds right here in front of me. The reason this is a place I know they always come, because we’re only standing on about six inches of dirt and underneath it is a big concrete pipe. So, there’s not much dirt, the grass isn’t real healthy because it just doesn’t have that extensive of a root system because of that lack of dirt. This is a place that a chinch bug is going to show up first to every time.
We didn’t have any rain. We’ve had a fairly wet year, but it didn’t rain about three weeks in July, so this grass got drought-stressed and these chinch bugs showed up here and they are doing a number on it. If this was your backyard or front yard, you would definitely have to replace this grass.
How to Kill Chinch Bugs
And I would recommend a today treatment of either the Cyonara liquid or the Nitro-Phos Bug Out Max would take care of these guys in a real big hurry. They’re really easy to kill, but you got to identify them. You can’t mistake ’em for just drought stress. You’ve got to get on your hands and knees and you can confirm it pretty quick by doing that.
Some people say if you stick a coffee can in the ground and fill it up with water, they’ll float to the top. Or just pour a bucket of soapy water on this area and they’ll come running up out of there, as well. But right now, there’s so many here that it is unmistakable. Just wanted to show you a little bit, show you some chinch bug damage in the area and show you some chinch bugs, as well.
Houston Grass South Carries Nitro-Phos Lawn Care Products
We carry trusted and effective lawn care products from Nitro-Phos, including Bug Out Max. We also carry the Cyonara liquid insecticide treatment for killing the chinch bugs in your lawn. Please call us at 281-431-7441 for more information.
Our office is located just off Highway 6 in Arcola, TX, and a few miles east of Sienna Plantation.