Chinch Bugs

small brown chinch bug

Damages Landscapes

Difficult to Eradicate

What are chinch bugs?

Chinch bugs are considered to be the most important pest of St. Augustine grass in Florida. Adults are 1/5" long and black with white patches on their wings. The nymphs range from 1/20" to nearly adult size. They are reddish with a white band across their backs but become black as they mature. The nymphs pass through five instars, requiring four to five weeks to reach adulthood. There are three generations per year in north Florida and seven to ten in south Florida.

Why do I have chinch bugs?

If you have a St. Augustine lawn then you are likely to encounter chinch bugs.

Are they dangerous?

While chinch bugs do not pose a health risk to people or pets, they are damaging to turf grass, especially St. Augustine grass. Chinch bugs withdraw the plant sap with piercing-sucking mouthparts, causing yellowish to brown patches in the turf grass. Injury is more prevalent in full sun and under dry conditions.

How do I get rid of them?

Chinch bugs are difficult to get rid of and if left unaddressed can cause significant, noticeable damage to grass when present in sufficient numbers. They can be found by parting the grass at the margin of the off-color areas. Examine at least three or four places in suspected areas. If chinch bugs are the problem, they will be crawling on the soil surface. If chinch bugs have invaded your lawn, contact McCall Services right away. Our pest control and lawn care specialists are trained and knowledgeable on lawn pests and will evaluate your infestation and provide you with a free estimate.

How soon can you get here?

At McCall Service we take all pest problems seriously and are committed to helping you as soon as possible. In most cases we can respond the same or very next day.

How can I prevent this in the future?

If you live in Gainesville, Jacksonville, Tampa, or elsewhere in Florida, you already know chinch bug problems can be difficult to prevent, and that is why many of our clients opt to receive regular service to keep lawns free of chinch bugs and other lawn pests.

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