How to Manage Pests

Pests in Gardens and Landscapes

Chinch and false chinch bugs

Chinch bugs and false chinch bugs, which are members of the family Lygaeidae, feed on seeds, fruit, and flowers of some landscape trees, but are primarily pests of herbaceous plants and rarely cause significant damage. Adults are small, slender, blackish bugs with reddish or yellowish brown legs. Wings may be white with brown spots or brown with white tips.

For more information, see the False Chinch Bug Pest Note.

False chinch bug adult
False chinch bug adult


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