These nasty little bugs will suck your grass blades dry. First, you will notice the blades wilting. Then, they turn yellow and brown and die. Chinch bugs prefer sunnier locations but it isn’t impossible for them to destroy patches that are shaded. 

The tiny bugs lay eggs at the base of the grass. After about a week the eggs hatch and in six weeks they are mature bugs. The adult is only 1/5” long, making it hard to find in the grass. One way to possibly see them is to cut both ends off of a tin can. Place the can in the grass like a tube and fill it with water. Keep it filled for about ten minutes. If bugs are present you should be able to see them floating to the top at this point.

The good news is that pre-treatments for your lawn as well as bug killers are available to take care of the problem. 

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