What To Do About Chinch Bugs On Your Arlington, TX Property

July 15, 2021

Chinch bugs don't look like menacing Arlington pests, but they pose a significant danger to your grass. Sadly, most property owners don't realize how devastating these lawn pests can be. Learn More about these bugs and find out what you should do to prevent and eliminate them.

a chinch bug crawling on a green leaf

What Are Chinch Bugs?

Chinch bugs are small insects with oval-shaped bodies. If you look at them closely, you'll notice two wings overlapping their bodies. Although they are mostly black with white wings, the immature bugs of this species are bright orange.

On chinch bug wings, you'll notice a black triangle. Their faces have piercing mouthparts, which is why chinch bugs are so dangerous to your property. When they're hungry, chinch bugs use their mouthparts to puncture the grass and suck out moisture.

When chinch bugs suck out the moisture, they replace it with poison. The poison kills your grass and makes it seem diseased. Typically, a lawn affected by chinch bugs looks similar to a yard going through a drought. It might have yellow, brown, or dead grass.

The Problem With Chinch Bugs

If chinch bugs only drank from a few blades of grass and moved on, you wouldn't have a pest problem. But chinch bugs don't stop at one blade. They kill the grass, then move onto the next blade. As chinch bugs feed, they move outward until you have multiple dead patches on your lawn.

Unfortunately, you probably have more than one chinch bug to deal with. These Arlington pests reproduce when food is plentiful. They go through a metamorphosis phase that starts as an egg. And as chinch bugs reproduce, you can expect to see more damage to your lawn.

If you have a healthy lawn, you're likely to come across chinch bugs. They prefer lush lawns and are particularly attracted to fertilized grass. So, taking care of your lawn could be what draws these pests onto your property. There's not much you can do to prevent chinch bugs, barring calling in a professional for pest control help. 

The Steps To Chinch Bug Elimination

When most people find chinch bugs on their property, they try to handle the situation on their own. But this is a mistake. Do-it-yourself (DIY) chinch bug solutions aren't really solutions at all. While harsh store-bought chemicals might kill chinch bugs, they may also destroy your grass. Additionally, the chemicals can be harmful to your health.

Another problem with DIY treatment is the fact that you may not eliminate all of the bugs. If you don't apply the treatment effectively, the bugs will continue to ruin your lawn. The more time that passes, the worst the damage will be.

Because of this, there's only one thing to do when you know you have chinch bugs. Calling a professional ensures your lawn gets the treatment it needs. For one, a professional can correctly diagnose your lawn pest. There's a chance you're not dealing with chinch bugs, but you have a lawn disease or another pest.

Once the technician correctly diagnoses the problem, they can begin treatment. Here at Trees Hurt Too Inc., we assess your situation. We understand how important your lawn is and take steps to eliminate the chinch bugs without destroying your lawn. 

Don't Hesitate To Get Help

If the damage is too severe, you won't be able to save your lawn. Reseeding could be the sole way to eliminate the pests and regain a lush lawn. Therefore, avoid waiting to call for help. You can save yourself time, money, and a dead lawn by reaching out to us. Call us now at Trees Hurt Too Inc. and learn more about our services.

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