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True Chinch Bug

True Chinch Bug

The True Chinch bug is a small insect, native to the United States, and quite common in the Mid-western States.

Adults may vary in body color, ranging from dark red to brown, with white wings; and red legs. Due to their small size, reaching about 4 millimeters in length, the True Chinch bug is hardly noticeable. As such, they can become a pest control problem for unsuspecting homeowners. True Chinch bugs are notorious for devouring the stems of delicate turf-grass.

In most cases, an effective pest control strategy against the True Chinch bug will include the application of a pesticide, and/or the introduction of pest-resistant grasses. Furthermore, because this pest prefers hot, dry, and sunny conditions, the true chinch bug population is sharply reduced in moist, warm, and humid climates; especially when heavy rains are present.

One Response

  1. lotlhmoq says

    24-Oct-13
    This image shows “Melanocoryphus albomaculatus”. This true bug is not the “True Chinch Bug”. I apologize for having the a wrong tag associated to the photo. However the identification in the image title as “Melanocoryphus albomaculatus” is correct.
    This page should not be in the beetles section (http://blogpestcontrol.com/pest-index/beetles/) because it is not a beetle but belongs to the ” Hemiptera” (true bugs).
    lotlhmoq