They are coming and their goal is to invade and destroy every single blade-of-grass growing on your precious garden!
At 1/6 inches long, their presence, although dwarfed, appears menacing enough to fear. Dressed to kill, they’re armed in grey and black combat suits, have hairy bodies, reddish legs, and white bat-like wings folded flat over their backs. Going by the fear, panic, and helplessness written on everybody’s face (yep, that of those in NASA too), this has been by far the most underestimated attack.
Travelling at breakneck speeds, they are armed for massive damage; their detection from outer space has almost instantly raised red flags in the human camps. Expecting colossal infestations, everyone is on the edge- waiting, hoping, praying even, that a miracle would come by and save them from what could easily be the worst of all attacks. This cannot be for real, or is it?
If you think the above situation sounds as if it’s straight out a SciFi movie on alien-invasion, then you’re right. You bet it does and for good reason too. You see, as dramatic and far-fetched as it might sound, the consequences are nothing but real and lethal (only this time we’re up against a different type of alien so to speak).
When movie-makers were making movies on alien invasion, they forgot to include the likes of a specific species- that of chinch bugs, the evil “minions,” that spell DOOM to your beautiful garden the moment they set their wicked eyes on it.
So who are chinch bugs anyway?
Well, for starters, they’re tiny and terrible! Chinch bugs, like many other bugs, are little bullies that although fit easily in the palm of your hands, can feast on your turf and ruin all your hard work in no time. They’re strategists and are born to devour everything that is grass-like. Left to their own devices, these pesky little assassin-bugs can easily wipe out an army of luscious green turf in no time.
With a tendency to thrive under hot, dry, and sunny weather, Chinch bugs (as they’re popularly called) infest on thick turf grass; their favourites being red fescues, perennial ryegrass, bentgrass, and Kentucky bluegrass in particular.
Built for speed and agility, they’re quick to scurry about at the base of grass stems and seamlessly blend in with thatch when they want to go unnoticed. On a mission to satiate their enormous appetite and backed with an army of soldiers (as large as 150 to 200 insects per square foot), their bite injects a toxin that causes the grass to dry up and eventually die. When it comes to the world of grass-eating predators, the tiny-yet-menacing chinch bugs are one of the worst you’ll see.
Well, is there a way out- a respite from the horrors that threaten to unfold?
From emergency call-outs to monitoring and prevention; from screening to advanced heat treatments, we take pride in saying that we have it all covered. We’ve been training for battle for years and know the killer-bugs like no one else. We are your best chance of annihilating the creatures once and for all.
And What if I’m not in Apopka? Can I dream of some respite too?
Of course you can. In an attempt to help you make the most of your green thumb, we’ve cherry-picked our best practices for you.
- Always mow your turfs at the recommended height while trying not to remove more than 1/3 of the leaf in any one mowing.
- Get rid of any excess thatch and condensed soil.
- Give your soil better food by top-dressing it with organic matter such as compost and well-treated animal manure.
- Given how chinch bugs love the heat, your best bet to keep them at bay is to feed your lawns with enough water and slow-releasing organic fertilizers.
- Additionally, try reaching out to food-grade Diatomaceous Earth for overall protection. The treatment works by scoring the insect’s outer layer as it comes in contact with the powder (Gruesome we know but effective nonetheless).
Chinch bugs are tiny and terrible. They can also be persistent, menacing, and difficult to get rid of when you have a flush and thriving garden- especially if you’re a little laid back and haven’t made most of our tips and services.
So, what are you waiting for? Remember that this is war! Let’s pledge to exterminate the pesky little pests from the face of our planet.
Fight or flight? So what’s your game plan going to be?