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CINCH BUGS ARE RAMPANT RIGHT NOW - WHAT SHOULD I USE?
If you live in the south and have St. Augustine grass or zoysiagrass, you could be entertaining a whole troop of chinch bugs. These nasty little critters suck your grass blades dry. Then they inject a poison that kills them. They can kill patches or your entire lawn.
Chinch bugs are tiny, about 1/10 to1/8 inch long (Chinch bug pictured below). They often scurry out of sight when the grass is disturbed, making them difficult to spot. Chinch bug damage usually appears first in hot sunny areas as small brown areas that gradually enlarge as the bugs move out of dead spots and into green turf, especially in grass that has been over-fertilized and contains more thatch. At this stage it is recommended that the chinch bugs be spot treated with a pesticide specifically labeled for chinch bugs. When spot treating, always treat a 10 to 15 ft. buffer area around the affected turf rather than blanketing the entire lawn with pesticide. Be sure to follow label directions when using any pesticide.