Chinch Bugs Exposed


By Rick Orr 10/13/2016
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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-Operator APL Pest Control/Creator of ILOVETURF.COM
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Rick Orr is the creator of, Owner/Operator of APL Pest Control, and a graduate of VA Tech in Agronomy (Turf Ecology).  

Since 1980, Rick worked in the green industry, mostly with golf courses, resorts, and large communities. Rick worked as a Golf Course Superintendent of Fripp Island Resort, agronomist for Seaside, FL, and the spray tech for Vinoy Golf Course. Rick has been certified as an arborist, landscape and irrigation contractor, and adjunct professor for Environmental Horticulture (SPC) in Pinellas County.  

Home Pest Control came naturally. Entomology (bug science) was part of agronomy studies. Nearly every indoor pest problem starts outdoors. Crossing over to home pest control from lawn spraying was a natural process – the technology, methods, and materials used for home pest control are modifications of the ones used for lawn spraying. 

The result of that work is one of the top-rated pest control companies in Pinellas County – APL Pest Control. APL Pest Control is a family-owned business serving residential and commercial properties in Pinellas County, FL. 

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