False Chinch Bug
- adults: 1/8 – 1/6 inch; grayish brown and slender
- nymphs: smaller, lack wings and are mottled gray with reddish markings
Host Plants, Diet & Damage
- primarily plants in the crucifer family; turfgrasses; agricultural crops; many other plants
- suck sap out of plants and seeds
- rarely cause serious plant damage
- in crops and landscapes, they tend to occur in spotty aggregations on plants
- nuisance; may aggregate in large numbers on buildings especially if hosts
- are harvested or managed with herbicide
Biology, Life Cycle & Damaging Life Stage
- overwinter as adults near host plants
- in spring, eggs are laid around the bases of host plants
- nymphs feed on host plants throughout plant development
- three generations per year; overlapping life stages present
- Damage to plants is rare; tolerate pest.
- Primarily an aesthetic or nuisance issue.
- Apply an insecticide (pyrethroid) to host plants when present.