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Once it gets hot, chinch bugs can be a problem in our lawns. Right now, they're not too bad—the real problem is later in the summer. But if you're seeing the first generation, you can take steps now to reduce it.
You'll find them in a hot spot, where there is reflected heat against a curb, driveway, or structural surface. Seldom do they hang out in the shade. As they suck juices out of the grass, it begins to brown. You see a spreading effect, sort of like a wildfire burning. They are easy to manage with organic and preventative techniques. For more information, pick up and free Grow Green Guide to Lawn Problems at your local nursery, or visit growgreen.org.