Immature – Young nymphs are bright red with a white band.
Older nymphs progress from orange-brown to gray
and finally black.
Adult – Black in color. 1/5″ long with white wings. Wings
extend either completely over the back or half way.
Damaging Stage(s): Both immature and adult stages
Damaging Period: Hot, dry summer months
Optimum control period: Immediately after finding chinch bugs on lawn.
Damage & Signs of Activity: Grass turns yellow then brown. Damage begins as irregular patches in open, sunny areas.
Chinch bug treatments:
1) Surface insecticide treatments: This treatment is performed when chinch bugs are present on the lawn.
2) Aeration with seeding or sodding may be required to repair damaged areas if left untreated.