How to Prevent and Treat Chinch Bugs in St. Augustine Grass
Call 281-431-7441 for more information about chinch bugs. In the video, Houston Grass South Owner Michael Romine talks about chinch bugs in St. Augustine grass — how to prevent chinch bugs, where they typically attack your grass, and how to treat chinch bugs.
This is a summary of Michael’s video about chinch bugs in St. Augustine grass.
Chinch bugs are another problem with Raleigh St. Augustine. Chinch bugs are little black bugs. They look like gnats and if you’ve got them, they may look like just a hot spot we call them in your yard, a place that hasn’t got much water.
Usually where some concrete intersect, say a sidewalk and a driveway or something, and the heat radiates off that corner in your grass and creates a hot spot. Places like that especially out by the street use a lot of people between the sidewalk and the street have a strip of grass, that is where I find those chinch bugs all the time.
They start there a lot because of all the concrete around, they’re real hot. And the chinch bugs are looking for drought stressed grass and so that’s what happens and the problem with chinch bugs is they’re feeding on the grass and when they bite, they inject the toxin in the grass, and once they bite into it they move real fast and can wipe an area out real fast.
They’re really easy to control if you spot them and treat them real fast with the … there’s lots of chemicals out there that’ll take care of them real fast. The liquids I like the best because you spray them out there, it kills them in a big hurry and you can stop them. But spotting on them and being aware and looking for them in the heat of the summer, June, July, August, that’s usually when you have to be on the look out for them.
So usually the best way to keep them at bay is doing the one inch waterings per week. If there’s nothing, we’re not getting help from Mother Nature, you need to water that one inch per week and not ever let those hot spots develop.
If you’re doing your two waterings per week or if you got an irrigation system watering two to three times a week, keeping a good moisture level in that grass is real important to keep the chinch bugs out, because again they’re looking for that drought stressed grass.
If you have questions about chinch bugs and St. Augustine grass in planning your next lawn project, please call us at 281-431-7441 today! You can also send us an email through our contact form.
The turfgrass research program at Texas A&M is world-famous, and one of the goals of the program is to educate Texans about turfgrass. The Aggieturf website associated with this program provides photos and additional information to help you identify and treat insect damage in your lawn. There’s a page devoted to chinch bugs. There’s also information about weeds and weed control on this outstanding website.
Houston Grass South delivers the best quality grass in the Houston area — and we deliver our grass sod at very competitive prices. We’ve been growing high quality grasses since 1981 at our family farm in Bay City, Texas, and our owner, Michael Romine, grew up working on the grass farm.
Our office is located in Arcola, just off of Highway 6 on McKeever Road and just a few miles east of Sienna Plantation.