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Re; sprays and cinch bugs
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Old 10-11-2018, 12:58 PM
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Sorry if I sounded like a smart alec. Just got back from vacation and feeling pretty good.

Your post was a good, informative one. We’re dealing with a horde of chinch bugs, and our lawn looks like c**p. Hubby doesn’t want to use too many pesticides at this point. I look at the lawn and wonder why we’re still having it mowed.
I regularly laugh at posts my lawn can take your lawn.
All lawns have issues.

If, you do have cinch bugs, you must have St Augustine grass. Chinch bugs do not like Zoyzia.
As to hubby doesn't want to spray. You really have no choice. To make it worse the chynch bugs have developed immunity to common insecticides also the insecticidesdo not kill the eggs. Look up insturctions. You will likely need to spray 2-3x at two week intervals.
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Old 10-11-2018, 01:14 PM
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I regularly laugh at posts my lawn can take your lawn.
All lawns have issues.

If, you do have cinch bugs, you must have St Augustine grass. Chinch bugs do not like Zoyzia.
As to hubby doesn't want to spray. You really have no choice. To make it worse the chynch bugs have developed immunity to common insecticides also the insecticidesdo not kill the eggs. Look up insturctions. You will likely need to spray 2-3x at two week intervals.
I’ll let him know, thanks.
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Old 10-11-2018, 01:45 PM
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Sorry if I sounded like a smart alec. Just got back from vacation and feeling pretty good.

Your post was a good, informative one. We’re dealing with a horde of chinch bugs, and our lawn looks like c**p. Hubby doesn’t want to use too many pesticides at this point. I look at the lawn and wonder why we’re still having it mowed.
I'm glad you had a good vacation, you're a great poster on here. So I understand because I do the same thing too much myself.

We will have it straightened out by the end of the day. We have Choice Maintenance on our side. It just stinks that stuff like this happens but that's why they call it an accident not an on purpose.
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Old 10-11-2018, 05:30 PM
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My neighbors had this happen a few times, landscaping company went to the wrong house, but they were lucky, no major damage.
I used to work with a guy who came home and found his patio screened in. The work crew was on the wrong street. They tried to get him to pay for materials but Florida law says anything you receive that you did not ask for may be considered a gift.
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Old 10-11-2018, 06:59 PM
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I regularly laugh at posts my lawn can take your lawn.
All lawns have issues.

If, you do have cinch bugs, you must have St Augustine grass. Chinch bugs do not like Zoyzia.
As to hubby doesn't want to spray. You really have no choice. To make it worse the chynch bugs have developed immunity to common insecticides also the insecticidesdo not kill the eggs. Look up insturctions. You will likely need to spray 2-3x at two week intervals.
Why would you need to spray insecticides at all? Why not just use Diatomaceous earth instead? I can't imagine the Floridian insects and bugs being that much different from the rest of the planet that this wouldn't work on them.
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Old 10-11-2018, 07:39 PM
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Why would you need to spray insecticides at all? Why not just use Diatomaceous earth instead? I can't imagine the Floridian insects and bugs being that much different from the rest of the planet that this wouldn't work on them.
Huh. I just spent 1/2 hr looking this up. Sounds like something I had not considered.

Am I correct in concluding that if one has a dog, this silica could harm its lungs or cause silicosis?
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Old 10-11-2018, 09:33 PM
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Huh. I just spent 1/2 hr looking this up. Sounds like something I had not considered.

Am I correct in concluding that if one has a dog, this silica could harm its lungs or cause silicosis?
Only if you dump it out in a big clump and lead his nose to it, or if you let him roll around in the grass within a couple of hours of dusting it.

But the dangers of inhaling DE dust are not much more significant than the dangers of your pooch inhaling a whole lot of any very fine substance (such as flour, corn starch, baby powder, arrowroot).

The nice thing about DE, is that other than the "don't put your nose into a pile of this stuff and pretend you're a coke addict" - it's non-toxic to dogs and cats, and birds, and other mammals and reptiles. It is only deadly to insects and grubs.

The fact that it is *not* poison - means that animals that eat those insects, and grubs, will not be poisoned by eating them. It doesn't taste all that great, but it won't hurt them.

It's basically just a particular variety of incredibly fine natural clay. Clay, as you probably know, is absorbent. Any woman who uses facial masks or makeup that allows for a "matte finish" would be familiar with the absorbency of clay.

So when you dust the ground with DE, the very fine powder just sort of sits there. Insects wander through your grass as they always do, oblivious for the most part. This clay sticks to their exoskeleton and skin, and they carry it back to their nests, where it dusts the nests. The clay then does what clay always does - it absorbs moisture. From the insect. Basically it dehydrates them to death.

Kills the insects, the eggs, the queen, and destroys the nest. Fairly inexpensive. This is the #1 "insecticide" that organic farmers use, because it also contains nutrients that most produce requires to thrive.
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Old 10-11-2018, 11:12 PM
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I used to work with a guy who came home and found his patio screened in. The work crew was on the wrong street. They tried to get him to pay for materials but Florida law says anything you receive that you did not ask for may be considered a gift.
That is a beautiful thing. I seem to remember a wrecking crew knocking down the wrong house somewhere at sometime. I have no facts to back it up. That makes a lawn problem look like nuttin'.

If the lawn dies, which I doubt I'm gonna find out if it's kosher to put stone on the entire front and sides of the property. I'm not ever going thru this again. All this after people have started to respect each other's property with their animal's. I guess I would pick my problem over the problems some other people face daily.
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Old 10-17-2018, 02:54 AM
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You should not dethatch St Aug. Only Zoysia. St Aug. is not crab grass, and will die easily from scalping. If you cant tell crab grass from St Aug., you might want to rethink giving landscape advice.
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Old 10-17-2018, 02:56 AM
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I regularly laugh at posts my lawn can take your lawn.
All lawns have issues.

If, you do have cinch bugs, you must have St Augustine grass. Chinch bugs do not like Zoyzia.
As to hubby doesn't want to spray. You really have no choice. To make it worse the chynch bugs have developed immunity to common insecticides also the insecticidesdo not kill the eggs. Look up insturctions. You will likely need to spray 2-3x at two week intervals.
cinch bugs LOVE Zoysia. Actually Floratam variety of St Aug was developed to be cinch bug resistant.
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