It’s summer. The chinch bugs are out!  The bad news is that they’re here to eat up your greens.  Chinch bugs simply love to munch on your grass.  The good news: we can help!

For those interested (and not squeamish), read on about these insects.  We hope you’ll become enlightened on how they tick and, more importantly, how you can detect them.

Drought stress

How can you tell if your lawn is suffering from chinch bugs?  The havoc they wreak on your grass appears as orangish, dying blades of grass.

A drought-stressed lawn is more susceptible to chinch bugs than a lawn that isn’t.  That’s part of the reason we were inspired to write this blog – it’s the summer months and your lawn may be drying out and getting baked by the Austin sun, giving these little creatures a perfect opportunity to turn your lawn into a feeding and breeding ground.

Where are they?

Chinch bugs can frequently appear on an area of your lawn that is exposed to a high level of sun.  This includes parts of your lawn that are right by the street’s curb or even the border of your garden bed.  If that’s where you’re seeing the damage, you might have chinch bugs.

Additionally, if you try to pull up the damaged grass and it’s difficult to pull up from your lawn then, again, you might have chinch bugs.  From this helpful article on chinch bugs, in order to find out if they are on your lawn, do the following:

In the morning (before 11 am), get on your hands and knees, part the grass at the junction of dead and living grass at one of the patches, and look for chinch bugs.

Look for flecks of red, which could be the eggs and young nymphs; in August, also look for small bugs scurrying away, some with wings and distinct markings on their backs.

Though these bugs are very small, you shouldn’t have too much trouble spotting them in the trouble area as long as you are close enough to the ground.

Again, the grass to check out will be appear in a shade of orange and dying.

Need help?

Is your precious property suffering from some of these chinch bugs?  If so, contact the Austin lawn pros at Emerald Lawns!  We’d be happy to come out and make sure your lawn stays green, healthy and protected.  You can reach us online with this contact form and also give us a ring at (512) 990-2199.

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Check back next time for more exciting blog topics that relate to you and your Austin lawn.