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Chinch Bugs

How to Control

  • Avoid the problem by planting endophyte-containing grass cultivars.
  • In small lawns soak sod with soapy water (1 ounce of liquid dish soap to 2 gallons of water) then lay a flannel sheet over the grass to snare bugs as they are driven out by the solution.
  • Kill the bugs by washing them off the sheet in a bucket of soapy water.
  • Encourage native predators: bigeyed bugs, minute pirate bugs, lacewigs, lady bugs/beetles, and birds (put up some bird feeders).