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Chinch bugs reside in the thatch layer of a lawn (organic debris on the surface of the soil), where they feed on the sap of grass plants. Chinch bugs have piercing-sucking mouthparts. When they begin feeding, they release enzymes into the grass that facilitate feeding. The enzyme continues damaging the plant after feeding and causes the grass to turn brown and potentially die. Chinch bugs tend to aggregate, which results in localized dead patches. Damage generally becomes more prevalent in summer when temperatures get hot and drought.