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Calgary’s Premium Chinch Bug Service

Controlling chinch bugs and ensuring they don’t become out of control is critical to ensure your lawn stays healthy all season. Chinch bugs can wreak havoc on your lawn if left untreated, it’s important to detect the problem early so that the damage doesn’t get out of control. Our chinch bug services are a liquid treatment that covers your entire lawn.

We have been providing chinch bug services for many years, we ensure that we use the best products that are safe for your family, pets, and our employees. We recommend doing two treatments of chinch bugs per season, the first being in June and then second being between August and September.

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How To Control Chinch Bugs in Calgary

At Yard Dawgs, we are always committed to providing top-notch high-quality services. Each of our technicians are fully licensed and certified to treat your lawn for chinch bugs. The application consists of a full blanket spray throughout the lawn with extra attention to areas that look like they’ve been affected.

The damage looks very similar to dry or bare spots, so at times it can be hard to tell the difference. Chinch bug damage often spreads very randomly throughout the lawn, whereas dry spots are spread more evenly and uniformly throughout. After an application, there should be a 75% reduction in chinch bugs on your lawn. With that type of reduction, it’s tough for these insects to do excess damage after that. However, it is important to monitor it every season to ensure that they don’t return.

The key to keeping these pests away from your lawn is a healthy regime of regular fertilization and weed control applications. The healthier your lawn is, the less likely it is that you'll have to deal with chinch bugs.

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Our Chinch Bugs Programs

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Full Season Chinch Bugs Program

  • 2 Treatments
  • Treats Entire Lawn
  • Guaranteed
**Price is for lawns up to 3000 square feet **

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Why We're Different

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48-Hour Guarantee
We are invested in making sure your lawn is as green and weed-free as possible all season long. That means if you notice any weeds popping up in between regularly scheduled weed control applications, we will come out to do a re-spray within 48-hours completely free of charge. With Yard Dawgs you don't have to worry about controlling weeds, we'll do it for you. 
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Dedicated Technician
Each time we come to perform a service at your home, it will be the same technician. That technician will be familiar with your property, know what to watch out for and will always remember any special notes since he’s been there throughout the season. Gone are the days of being serviced my different technicians and having to worry that they may not recall what you mentioned the first time. With Yard Dawgs, you will have a dedicated service technician throughout the season.
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Dedicated Success Manager
Tired of talking to different people and having to explain your situation over and over to them? We get it. That’s why with Yard Dawgs, each customer will have a dedicated customer success manager and have access to them whenever an issue arises. When you call in or send an email, you will always be talking to the same person, and they will go above and beyond to solve any issues or concerns you may have.

Chinch Bug Common Questions

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Yes, chinch bugs are harmful. These insects suck the sugary sap right out of the grass blades in your lawn. After removing the moisture from the plant, they inject a toxin from their saliva into the blade. Your grass cannot recover from chinch feeding. 

They enjoy red fescue and Kentucky bluegrass which make up over 80% of the lawns in Canada. 

It's very tough to differentiate between chinch bug and drought damage. They can both look very similar, however, usually Chinch bug damage is less uniform and the damage is in specific areas that aren't connected. Whereas for drought damage, the damage is consistent and uniform throughout. The Canada government did a great article on how you can detect them, checkout their article here.

In short yes, but there are a couple conditions. After the first application, the lawn won't magically grow back and fill in where the damage occurred. However, it will reduce the chinch bug population up to 75% reducing further damage and breeding. We'd recommend getting a fall aeration and fertilizer package to help bring your lawn back. By next spring, the lawn should be somewhat recovered and with good seeding, fertilizer, watering and mowing the lawn should be in much better shape. It's a continual process to get your lawn back after the damage has been done but getting it sprayed for chinch bugs is a great first step.

Hire A Professional To Deal With The Problem

A certified professional has the proper product and safety equipment. Insecticides contain very strong chemicals so it's best you leave it to professionals.

Avoid going DIY because off the shelf products aren't specifically designed for chinch bugs, are diluted and less effective than commercial products.

Your grass will NOT grow back after it undergoes chinch bug damage. These pests will inject a toxin which entirely kills the blade of grass and it will not recover. 

Once your grass has died, you'll need to put down topsoil and seed, making sure you water consistently. You'll see new grass growth in a matter of weeks.

However, if the damage has gotten to far out of control you'll need to re sod. Re sodding can cost you up to $6000. You want to treat the damage before it gets to that point. 

Chinch bugs become active and star becoming a problem in June and persist greatly into July and August. As the temperatures start increasing and rain is less frequent chinch bugs arrive ad begin feeding.

We recommend using one of these two methods to tell if you have chinch bugs in your lawn or not. Perform one of these as soon as you suspect a problem, you don't want to wait to see the damage chinch bugs can do.

The Scrape And Inspect Method:

1. Get on all fours and with your fingertips scratch back the area of concern

2. Dethatch the area until you start ripping out some of the grass roots and take a look at the soil area

3. If you see 4mm long black black bugs with white spotted wings crawling around you have a problem


The Coffee Tin Method:

1. Cut the bottom off of a container of coffee and really push it down into the grass so that the edges go into the soil about 5cm in depth

2. Pour in the water so that the container fills up about 70% 

3. Hang out for 5-10 minutes and watch to see if chinch bugs start floating up to the surface of the water

4. Do this in all areas of concern, but also in areas that don't appear to be infected yet just to see if the problem has spread or if it can still be mitigated

Chinch bugs do not go away in winter. They freeze and hibernate during the winter months and thaw and come back to life when the weather warms up. 

Chinch bugs are drawn to stressed and heavily thatched lawns. The best way to avoid a chinch bug infestation is by keeping your lawn well irrigated, mowing consistently, and aerating annually. Additionally, these bugs love grasses with a high nitrogen content. Avoid liquid fertilizer, and instead use slow release granular fertilizer. 

Adult chinch bugs live an average of 50 days. This gives them ample amounts of time to suck the moisture out of every blade of grass in your lawn. Especially because of how quickly these pests reproduce. 

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How To Spot Chinch Bugs In Your Lawn

Chinch bugs are black bugs with a white spot on their back between their wing pads. Adult chinch bugs resemble like ants and mosquitoes are around 1/5 inch tall. Chinch bugs feed by sucking the sap from the crown and stems of turf grasses. They prefer bent grasses but will attack many other lawn grasses like bluegrass and varieties of red fescue.

The damage caused by chinch bugs happens when the temperatures exceed 30° Celcius. Most of the damage happens in open, sunny areas, this can be easily mistaken for drought damage.

Lawn damage shows up as irregular yellow patches, which begin in June and spread over the summer. The grass may turn brown and die if feeding continues unchecked, and a severe infestation of chinch bugs can destroy an entire lawn. To check to see if your lawn may have chinch bugs, we suggest reading this article here to verify and test for chinch bugs.

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