Was visiting a lawn today. The customer was showing me some Quaking Aspen suckers that were coming up in her lawn. This near relative of poplars is notorious for sending up suckers from its roots. These suckers if left alone will turn into a new Quaking Aspen tree.
In one spot, she had cut back the suckers quite often and there was a part of the root- almost a stump that was 3-4 inches across. When I looked at it, I was surprised to see a bunch of Chinch Bug nymphs crawling all around the stump
I suspect the chinch bugs were basking in the early morning sun. They prefer sunny spots and a piece of root that is up above the ground level is not damp and moist. And there are very few grass blades to shade it.
So they climbed up on the piece of root to enjoy the sun. There wasn't any damage to the lawn at this point, but if there are enough nymphs, they could feed enough to damage the lawn.
Chinch bugs are a lawn care hazard. If there are enough of them, they can quickly turn a lawn brown. These little insect nymphs suck the sap from grass plants. The lawn will look like it lacks water. And since Chinch bugs are prevalent in the summer, people often just assume they haven't been watering enough. The lawn is in fact suffering from a lack of moisture, because the chinch bugs have taken a lot of it away. In time they will damage and/or kill your lawn.
Call Turf King Lawn Care Experts for chinch bug problems in Ancaster, Burlington, Caledonia and Oakville.
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