To control chinch bugs, identify where the problem is, keep the infested area moist, douse the area with a soap and water solution, and use a flannel sheet and soapy water to kill the remaining bugs. The time it takes to complete this process depends on the severity of the infestation.
- Identify the chinch bugs and the location of the infestation
Chinch bugs are approximately one-quarter of an inch long and have white wings that fold. They are dark in color and have an even darker triangle shape on their backs. Chinch bug larvae are bright red with a white stripe. They smell unpleasant when crushed or when feeding in a large group.
- Moisten the infested area
Because chinch bugs can't live in damp environments, the best way to get rid of them is to wet the infested area. Keep it moist for roughly one month, or until the infestation is gone.
- Make a solution to drive them away
For small chinch bug infestations, mix a solution of 1 ounce of biodegradable liquid soap and 2 gallons of water. Douse the infested area with the solution.
- Trap them in a sheet
Place a flannel sheet over the treated area to capture the remaining chinch bugs. Soak the sheet with soapy water to kill the bugs. Rinse the lawn thoroughly with water to prevent harming beneficial insects.