Chinch Bug Alert!

The heat of July is upon us which means that chinch bugs are active again!

Chinch bug adults are tiny insects that are oval-shaped and have shiny white wings that have distinctive, triangular black markings (pic). The nymphs are even smaller and will often look orange or orange-brown and will not have fully-developed wings. They are pests of warm-season grasses, especially St Augustinegrass, and are typically more of a problem in open, sunny areas. For more info and control recommendations, check out the Chinch Bug Turf Pest Info Sheet on Turffiles.

Chinch bug adult, M. Bertone
Chinch bug damage, B. Royals