Episode #73 | Original Air Date: June 10, 2020
Chinch bugs are a major pest of St. Augustine grass, and cause a lot of damage.
Chinch bug-damage appears as yellow to brown patches, and injury typically occurs first in grass that’s drought-stressed or in full sun. Chinch bugs are most active when it’s warm, but may cause damage year-round.
Not all brown grass indicates a chinch bug infestation. If you suspect you have chinch bugs, inspect the border between the brown and green grass for the tiny, black-and-white adults. County Extension can help you determine if you have an active infestation.
If you do have chinch bugs, follow UF/IFAS pesticide recommendations. You can always consult a pest control professional.
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