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How to Inspect for Chinch Bug Damage - Chinch Bug Inspection

By DoMyOwn staff

Checking for Chinch Bugs is a very easy thing to do. There are two main ways to check your yard for Chinch Bugs. In this video we will show you the two different ways to inspect!

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If you suspect chinch bugs are in your lawn, there are two ways to inspect for an infestation.

Manually spread turf near the crown or thatch looking for any chinch bug activity. Since these bugs are so small, a magnifying glass will probably be helpful. If damaged grass is near sidewalks or pavement, you may be able to see adult bugs crawling across the ground on hot sunny days.

You can conduct a “float test,” which may be easier than trying to find the bugs by hand. Use a metal cylinder open on both ends, like a coffee can. Press down about three inches into the soil. 

Fill about three quarters full with water, and continue to add water to maintain the level for about ten minutes. Agitate or stir the turf that is underwater. If you have chinch bugs, they should float to the top. Count the number of chinch bugs you see. Generally, seeing more than 15 insects per square foot is grounds for treatment.

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