Chinch bugs are of great concern to homeowners with large lawns, but they aren't a physical threat to their well-being. These pests prefer to feed on grass and tend to stay out of the home. While the inside of your property may be safe from harm, your lawn may become overrun and ultimately destroyed by these invaders. Chinch bugs suck plants of their fluids and leave toxins that infect blades of grass and cause it to sicken. It is extremely important to control chinch bugs once an infestation has been identified. Otherwise, infected lawns may need to be treated and completely reseeded in order to continue growing.
It is likely that the effects of chinch bugs will be seen and felt far before these small critters are spotted. Dry patches of grass along sidewalks, driveways, and other paths are a first sign that these critters have invaded your property. Another great way to identify a chinch bug invasion is to walk over & observe areas of stressed grass. These bugs leave a strong, foul smell when stepped on, making it easy for an infestation to be identified when walking over an area that is believed to be infested. Watering your lawn and developing a lawn care routine can help in keeping these pests off of your property for good.