Friends needs help
Location: Canada, Ontario
August 6, 2010 3:39 pm
Hey, apparently my friend and his neighbors are seeing these bugs all over there properties. Any idea what it is?
This is a Chinch Bug in the genus Blissus. You can probably find copious information online now that you have an identification because the Chinch Bugs are considered lawn pests. According to BugGuide: “nymphs and adults feed on forage, lawn, and wild grasses plus crop plants, including wheat, corn, sorghum, oats” and “Chinch bugs pierce the plant with their mouth parts and suck out the plant sap. This feeding prevents normal growth and results in dwarfing, lodging, and yield reduction. Severe infestations during early development may cause plants to wilt and die prematurely.”