If you are caring for your lawn just as you should—watering, feeding and mowing appropriately—but you’re still finding what appears to be drought damage, there may be other issues. Chinch bugs are a common pests found in our Florida lawns. These pests feed on grass and plants and inject a toxin that interferes with the turf’s ability to retrieve moisture and nutrients from the soil. The result is wilting and damage, and the turf will have spots of grass that has turned yellow. Other insects such as leatherjackets (the larval stage of crane flies or daddy longlegs) and chafer grubs (larvae of the chafer beetle) feed on grass roots, causing ongoing damage.
Chinch bug damage usually occurs as a patch with a brown, dead center and yellowish margin. These dry looking dead spots tend to appear first in the hottest areas in full sun next to a building, driveway or sidewalk. Chinch bugs will not be active in the dead grass, but feed in the thinning, yellow band of grass around the dead patch. Infestation usually occur from June into September, weather conditions may prolong this period.
If you suspect your lawn is suffering from damage due to chinch bugs or other lawn pests, contact a professional Tampa pest control company. A professional pest control company specializing in lawn and shrub pest control and fertilization will inspect the turf and evaluate all issues, making recommendations for resolution and treatment.
When chinch bug activity has been detected, products will need to be used. The best treatment is a liquid treatment rather than a granular treatment. If spot treating an area, it is recommended that treatment is also applied outside the damaged areas about 10 feet. If damage is widespread throughout the lawn a broadcast treatment may be necessary. Follow up treatments should also be set up 5-10 days after the treatment to ensure control has been reached. Other follow up treatment may also be necessary depending on the infestation.
Don’t hesitate getting your chinch bug issue under control. Call on the professionals at Arrow Environmental Services to help.