If you’re reading this, chances are you have a Chinch Bug problem and for that I am sorry. They are not fun and getting rid of chinch bugs might seem like an overwhelming task. However, there are a few known tactics that have been known to limit chinch bug infestation and save grass that is at risk. Caring for plants in salty regions definitely comes with some hurdles, chinch bugs being one of the biggest ones. But if you act quickly and properly, chinch bugs will be the least of your worries.
One of the most important things to remember with Chinch bugs is that it’s never too late to fend them off. In fact, most the time it’s impossible to know if you’re even susceptible to chinch bugs until they’ve already hit your grass like a blazing fire ball. So don’t worry, that dead-beat grass of yours still has a chance.
How to Check for Chinch Bugs
You might be wondering now if you actually have chinch bugs based on the above list of known attractors. Before you take any drastic measures, you should try to find a chinch bug in your lawn.
I like this suggestion on detecting Chinch Bugs:
Examine the grass in the marginal areas of injured patches, not in the clearly dead grass. Spread the grass gently with your fingers and look in the thatch, near the soil surface. Because Chinch Bugs are active creatures, you should be able to see them dancing and running all over the place.
Another way to detect chinch bugs is to remove both ends of a large tin can, like a coffee can. Soften the soil a little with water, and insert one end of the can into the ground at least 2-3 inches deep, leaving at least 4 inches of the can above the ground. Fill the can with water and wait about five minutes. If chinch bugs are present, they will float to the surface of the water.
Once you’re sure you have them, it’s time to move onto getting rid of chinch bugs.
Chinch Bug Repellent Tactics
Like most yard and garden tasks, you have the choice to either choose organic methods or inorganic methods. If you would like to try getting rid of them while also being environmentally friendly, you can try the following home remedies for controlling chinch bugs:
- Olive Oil and Dish Detergent
- Lots and Lots of Water
- Worms and Fungi – Specifically, Nematodes and Beauveria Bassiana.
- Read Battling Pests with Homemade Organic Pesticides.
Inorganic methods of getting rid of chinch bugs include Ortho® Bug-B-Gon MAX® Insect Killer Granules For Lawns and Scotts® Turf Builder® With SummerGuard®.
You will want to apply the insecticide between April and mid-May to control the adults and subsequent generations during the Summer.
I wish you luck with your fight against chinch bugs! Please let us know in the comments if you have any further suggestions or questions.
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