Oh how we all love these pesky little creatures that feed & destroy our beautiful turf.... Says NO ONE EVER!!
What are Chinch Bugs?
The southern chinch bug, Blissus Insularis Barber, is one of the most important insect pests of St. Augustine grass in Texas. These pests love to feed on the sap of grass, It can be a problem anywhere St. Augustine grass is grown, causing most damage in the Gulf Coast region and in the southern half of the state.
Chinch Bugs have black bodies with white wings, each of which bears a distinctive, triangular black mark. Normally, some of the adults at any given site will have full-sized, functional wings. Other ones will be short-winged and cannot fly. (More details on distinguishing chinch bugs from the common beneficial insect – the big-eyed bug – are in “Tips for Professionals” below.) Recently hatched nymphs are wingless, yellow or pinkish-red with a light-colored band across their backs (abdomen). After each molt the nymphs more closely resemble the adults. Before the last molt, nymphs are black or brownish-black, and have a white spot and two small wing pads on their backs.