Chinch Bugs Exposed


By Rick Orr
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Chinch bugs collected from a St Augustine lawn

Chinch Bugs

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 pinhead – 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.

Rick Orr Owner-Staff Agronomist Barefoot Grassl/Creator of ILOVETURF.COM
Staff Agronomist at Barefoot Grass

Since 1995, Rick Orr has worked in Pinellas County providing turf management and pest control. Rick Orr is a graduate of VA Tech in Agronomy (Turf Ecology) and the creator of 

Since graduating from VA Tech in 1979, Rick worked in the green industry, mostly with golf courses, resorts, and large communities. Rick has obtained certifications in arboriculture, landscape, irrigation, and taught Environmental Horticulture at St Petersburg College. 

Currently, Rick is the Staff Agronomist at Barefoot Grass in Largo, FL. To learn more about Barefoot Grass Free Price Quote from Barefoot Grass for Home Pest Control and/or Lawn Care 

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