Turfgrass Disorder: Chinch Bug

SKU A3237

Author(s) R. C. Williamson, D. L. Mahr, R. Kachadoorian.

Chinch bug (Blissus leucopterus) is an important insect pest of turfgrass in Wisconsin: every year infestations cause serious injury to some lawns. Fescues and bentgrasses are most commonly damaged, with certain cultivars more susceptible than others. The chinch bug is also a pest on corn, wheat, and other grass crops and feeds on many wild grasses.

Find out more about the symptoms of chinch bugs as well as how to prevent and control them with this helpful publication (2 pages; 2005).