This time of year with the excessive heat, we have to keep an eye out for chinch bugs. The biggest issue with these guys is often times their damage is confused for drought damage. Chinch bugs stick their needle-like beak into the blades of grass and then suck out all of the nutrients. When they get through feeding, they leave behind a toxin that kills the grass. It gets confused as drought damage because the grass is dry and dead looking, much like when it needs water. By the time most people figure out more water is not fixing things, the bugs have usually damaged a large part of the lawn. We hope this helps, and check out our knowledge base for more tips: