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Cougarstone Lawn Care - Chinch Bug Control Services

Our Chinch Bug Control Program uses safe and professional products rid your lawn of pesky chinch bugs. Safe for pets and children, our program guarantees that your chinch bugs will be gone after our professional treatment

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The Chinch Bug Control Program

This is the solution to your property’s chinch bug problem. Our Chinch Bug Control Program will start working immediately to eradicate the active adult and juvenile chinch bugs in your lawn.

We will schedule the applications according to the time of year and severity of the infestation.

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Chinch Bug Control Program

How Does The Chinch Bug Control Program Work?

"I have tried a number of lawn care services, none are as good as Cougarstone Lawn Care."
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Initial Visit

After you sign up for the program, we will visit your property and do an assessment. We will confirm that you indeed have chinch bugs, and your lawn will be treated at that time. (Don’t worry, if you don’t have chinch bugs, we won’t treat your lawn or charge you).

Second Visit

We will automatically schedule a second treatment for your lawn. This 2nd visit is typically done from mid-July to mid-September and will be properly scheduled according to when your first application took place. We will send you an alert the day before your service to let you know that we are coming. You don’t need to be home. Just make sure your gates are unlocked and pets are inside.

How We Treat Chinch Bugs in Calgary

We treat the lawn with a truck mounted sprayer and a long hose that will reach every area of your property. After the treatment is applied, we ask that you and your pets stay off the lawn until it is dry. It may only take a couple hours (depending on the weather) and once it’s dry, then you can use your lawn as usual.

Chinch Bug Control Program FAQs

We’ve got the answers to all your chinch bug questions, keep reading!

Typically, once you have chinch bugs, they will stay until treated. If left unchecked, the problem will get worse over the course of the summer. Adults will hibernate over the winter and the problem will get progressively worse the following year as adults come out of their over-winter spots and new eggs hatch. Harsh winters can influence chinch bug population as some adults will not survive. Mild winters can have the opposite effect and cause spikes in chinch bug populations.

The optimal time to treat chinch bugs is during the late spring to early summer when they are most active. This is typically from June to August. Early detection and treatment are key to preventing significant damage to your lawn.


The most effective chinch bug control involves using targeted insecticides that are safe for your lawn and environment. Our team at Cougarstone Lawn Care uses industry-leading products and methods to ensure efficient and lasting results.


To effectively get rid of chinch bugs, start with regular lawn maintenance, including proper mowing, watering, and fertilization. If you suspect an infestation, contact Cougarstone Lawn Care. We offer professional treatments tailored to your lawn's specific needs, ensuring comprehensive control and prevention.


By golly some people have tried, usually with limited results. We have heard of spraying dish soap, which seemed to kill the chinch bugs it touched, but could never get the ones deep in the thatch layer where they live. Also, putting that much dish soap into your lawn can’t be good for it either. Others have tried using products from box stores like Home Depot or Lowe’s, some of which were not even labelled for use in lawns, which is never recommended.

While Dawn dish soap is sometimes suggested as a home remedy for chinch bugs, it is not a reliable or effective solution. It might kill some bugs on contact but won't address the entire infestation. For effective and long-lasting control, it's best to rely on professional treatments.




"I highly recommend Cougarstone. We began using them after a chinch bug infestation took most of our lawn and had to be replaced. We have them out annually now. The cost of prevention is far less than the cost of replacement. Mike & his team are extremely knowledgeable, efficient, and prompt."
Jon VanDyke
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Jake took care of our last service request for fall. Cougarstone Lawn Care has been prompt and professional for all their visits, ensuring the gate is closed after and letting us know they completed the service. We used them to keep our lawn in good shape over the summer months, free from weeds and to keep the grass healthy and lush.
Robyn Derdall
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I've worked with Mike for the last 10 years and I always find him and his team very professional. Cougarstone Lawn Care is always responsive and care for my lawn as if it is their own. I also would like to thank Jake for his weed control and fertilizer service this season. We have zero weeds in our yard!
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What are Chinch Bugs anyway?

A chinch bug is a turf grass pest that feeds on the sap of the grass plant and damages it by injecting a poison. They live in the lawn and can destroy an entire yard in as little as 3 years if the problem is not fixed.

Chinch bugs are a big problem in several communities in Calgary and are almost impossible to control on your own. They can kill your lawn very quickly when the infestation gets bad enough and usually need a professional pest control team to get rid of them completely. 

“Chinch” is pronounced “Chin – ch” but it is also acceptable to pronounce it “Sinch”

Calgary chinch bugs primarily feed on grass blades. They extract nutrients by piercing the grass and sucking out the sap, which can lead to widespread damage to lawns if not controlled properly.

Usually, you will know that you have a chinch bug problem when the sunniest parts of your lawn are starting to brown, and the brown areas get worse even when watering your lawn adequately. Chinch bug damage looks similar to drought damage! When chinch bug infestations are bad enough, you may see black adult chinch bugs crawling on cement sidewalks and patios in the heat of the day.

While chinch bugs aren't harmful to humans, they are harmful to lawns. These bugs can cause significant damage to grass by sucking the sap out of grass blades and injecting a toxin that disrupts water movement within the plant, leading to brown patches in the turf.

Chinch bugs are getting to be a quite a huge issue in certain Calgary communities. They love sunny, dry areas of the lawn and can cause significant damage to your grass. If you have areas that receive a lot of sun, your property may be more susceptible to a chinch bug infestation. Chinch bugs also tend to favour lawns with a thick layer of thatch, so managing your thatch layer by proper lawn care techniques can help.

In 2023 we saw the most chinch bug damage in Southeast Calgary. The communities that were the most affected were: Mackenzie Lake, Mackenzie Towne, Auburn Lake, Cranston, New Brighton, Mahogany, Copperfield & Douglasdale. Some other nearby communities had chinch bugs, but not as prevalent of the ones mentioned above.

In North Calgary, we saw an increase in chinch bug activity over  the previous years. The Northwest communities that were most affected were: Hamptons, Edgemont, Panorama Hills, Citadel and Huntington Hills.

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