Chinch Bugs

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Chinch Bugs Facts

  • Adult chinch bugs are about 1/5 inches long.
  • Chinch bugs have black bodies and white wings folded across their backs.

Chinch bugs are parasitic insects that feed off of and eventually kill plant life. They are very small and, left untreated, can cause a lot of damage to a lawn. However, if the appropriate precautions are taken, chinch bugs can be managed and the damage they cause can be minimal. Chinch bug is a general term used to refer to three different species within the Lygaeidae family. They have piercing-sucking mouthparts and feed on the sap of grass plants. The chinch bug can be a major insect pest on home lawns throughout the country.


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