Turfgrass Disorder: Greenbug

SKU A3179

Author(s) P. J. Pellitteri, D. L. Mahr.

Areas of discolored turf, ranging from pale green to yellow to burnt orange, often occur under shade trees and may be caused by greenbug feeding. A small sucking insect, greenbug (Schizaphis graminum) is a type of aphid. Since the 1880s it has been recognized as a pest of various grassy plants and has injured grain crops such as wheat, oats, and barley.

Find out more about greenbug feeding, including how to prevent and control it, with this helpful publication (2 pages; Revised in 1997).