From the tiniest blacklegged tick to the biggest black bear, “pests” and fickle New England weather are the only things that normally keep us from enjoying our outdoor spaces. While we can do nothing about the weather, we can deter bothersome pests from having a good time on your property with some simple prevention steps. When their populations or frequency of visits increases to intolerable levels, that’s when pest management is recommended. Today you’ll read some information on chinch bugs along with how we manage them. As always, please let us know if you are having any critter issues you’d like us to address. –Shayne
“In early June the world of leaf and blade and flowers explodes, and every sunset is different.” – John Steinbeck
Chinch bugs are common and found throughout the US. They rarely cause turf issues because other insects and small animals feed on them and keep their populations in check. However, the reduction of beneficial predatory insects by man (pesticides) or nature (heat or drought), can allow the chinch bug population to explode and kill off healthy sections of your yard.
Chinch bugs have razor-sharp mouth parts that allow them to cut into a blade of grass and suck out all the fluid thus causing the grass to wither and die leaving behind spotty areas like this.
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