How do I deal with chinch bugs?

Adult chinch bugs are less than 1/4 of an inch long with black bodies. Their frost-white wings are either short or long with black patch-like markings forming a triangle shape. Most lawn damage is caused by young chinch bugs called nymphs. Yellow or dead spots in the yard occur in July and August when these pests are around.

Prevention practices

  • Shade your lawn with trees and shrubs because chinch bugs prefer sunny areas.

Non-chemical and mechanical controls

  • Aerate soils
  • Properly water and fertilize your lawn, adding agricultural limestone when the soil is below the pH level of 6.5
  • Spray soapy water over damaged or regions where chinch bugs might be, then place a white flannel cloth over the area. Drenching the area will force the chinch bugs to surface and cling to the cloth, making for an easy disposal.

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