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Chinch Bugs Exposed

During the warm months, you may see my tech or me on our knees, digging in your lawn looking like we are praying to pachamama. We’re not, we are looking for chinch bugs.

Chinch Bugs are very small – about the size of a pin head – and when exposed to sunlight, they scurry about trying to hide.  When you spread open the canopy of turf and expose them to sunlight, you must be up close to see them – on your knees.

Why look for them? Simple, chinch bug damage looks like water stress and water stress looks like chinch bug damage. The way to tell the difference is to look for chinch bugs. No chinch bugs then it is a broken sprinkler or something but not chinch bugs.

There is a catch: Chinch bugs are often a secondary causal agent – chinch bugs prefer hot dry grass – where there is water stress, chinch bugs are not far behind. So, when there is water stress from a broken head or whatever, it is best to treat for chinch bugs as a preventative measure.

This video shows the size of the chinch bug relative to the debris in the lawn and the frantic screwball scurrying for cover.

Article by Rick Orr
APL Lawn Spraying Inc.

Rick Orr is the creator of, an Agronomist and the Owner/Operator of APL Lawn Spraying. Rick is a graduate from VA Tech in Agronomy (Turf Ecology). He has been a Golf Course Superintendent, Certified Arborist, Landscape Contractor, Irrigation Contractor and Adjunct Professor for Environmental Horticulture.

Rick is an expert at growing St Augustine turf. Since 1995, Rick has spent his time researching, developing and testing the best management practices for St Augustine turf grown in Pinellas County.

The results of that work is a one of the top rated lawn spray companies in Pinellas County – APL Lawn Spraying. APL Lawn Spraying is a family owned business serving residential and commercial properties in Pinellas County, FL.

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Speaking Engagments - Does it seem like you are only hearing one side of water restrictions, fertilizer bans, plant restrictions and many other urban landscape hot topics? Rick Orr is available for speaking engagements for your HOA, Community or Professional Association or Garden Club about a variety of subjects. Call or email for more information.

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