Chinch bug identification
Chinch bugs (see drawing right and
picture here) are small, true bugs
(Hemiptera) that damage turf grasses and grain
crops such as wheat and sorghum. There are a
number of different species. Immature chinch bugs
look like small, wingless adults and feed on the
Chinch bugs cause irregular patches of
dead or yellowed turf and are especially damaging
during hot, dry summers following a dry spring.
Some regions are plagued by chinch bugs year after
year while others only occasionally see this pest.
There are 2-6 generations per year depending on
climate. Damage is most severe when chinch bugs
are not detected early in the season and bug
populations are allowed to build to high numbers.
Since early chinch bug detection is so
important in order to prevent turf damage you
should scout for chinch bugs if (1) you
live where these bugs are normally a pest (check
with local Extension or lawn care experts) and (2)
if you experienced a dry spring and early hot
common names: southern chinch bug, hairy