Chinch bugs are about 1/5 inch long and are black with white-crossed wings. Younger stages of chinch bugs will appear reddish. They crawl along the stem of the grass plant and remove plant fluids by sucking.
Symptoms of Chinch Bugs: You will see large, circular patches. The yellowish spots will be worse towards the center and are confined to sunny areas of the lawn. Most noticeable damage is seen during extreme temperatures and along concrete drives and sidewalks.
What to do: Helpful control practices would be regular applications of fertilizer and proper mowing/watering. Your lawn needs about 1 1/2 inches of rainfall or irrigation each week, especially in late spring and early summer. Mow frequently, every 5 – 7 days. Keep the mower blade sharp and cut the grass tall (at least 2 1/2 inches).
When activity is observed, Grass Carpet Lawn Service can apply insect control to the affected areas. If arrangements have not been made, please contact our office or speak to your Lawn Specialist to schedule an application to your lawn.