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Adult false chinch bug, Nysius raphanus.


False Chinch Bug

Scientific name: Nysius raphanus

(Reviewed 6/06, updated 6/06)

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False chinch bug breeds in great numbers in grass or weedy areas, especially on London rocket, and may migrate into vineyards when these areas dry up or are plowed under and the pests search for green growth. Adults are gray and about 0.12 inch long. Nymphs are gray with reddish brown abdomens. When they migrate, they are mainly in the wingless stage, and consequently they migrate by walking. A number of winged adults are also present, but instead of flying they march along with wingless immatures.


Large numbers of nymphs and adults may suck plant juices and inject a toxin that causes vines to wilt and turn brown. Because of the great number of bugs involved and their toxic injections, all the leaves on border vines can be killed in a few hours. September and October migrations are also possible.


False chinch bugs are mainly a problem in spring if large numbers move into vineyards as vegetation in surrounding areas dries. They are only a sporadic problem but occasionally cause rapid and serious damage to young vines.

Cultural Control
If false chinch bugs have been a problem in past years, disc under stands of London rocket and other host weeds about 3 weeks before budbreak in grapevines. Do not delay discing until after budbreak, for it may result in a heavy movement of bugs from the weeds to the vines.

Organically Acceptable Methods
Cultural controls are organically acceptable.

Monitoring and Treatment Decisions
If discing weeds was not done, and high populations of false chinch bugs are found on weeds at budswell or after budbreak, a treatment may be necessary. If nymphs are found moving onto vines, spot treat both vines and adjacent weeds. Bugs migrate mainly in one direction and the wilted vines along the edge of the vineyard will show the line along which they are moving. A chemical barrier about 30 inches wide can prevent further migration.

Common name Amount/Acre** P.H.I.+
(trade name)   (days)

  Calculate impact of pesticide on air quality
The following materials are listed in order of usefulness in an IPM program, taking into account efficacy and impact on natural enemies and honey bees. When choosing a pesticide, also consider information relating to environmental impact. Not all registered pesticides are listed. Always read label of product being used.
A. DIAZINON* 50WP 1 lb 28
  MODE OF ACTION: An organophosphate (Group 1B)1 insecticide.
  COMMENTS: Restricted entry interval: 5 days. Avoid drift and tailwater runoff into surface waters.
B. MALATHION 8 Spray 1.5–2.5 pt 3
  MODE OF ACTION: An organophosphate (Group 1B)1 insecticide.
  COMMENTS: Restricted entry interval: 24 hours.
  (Danitol) 2.4EC 10.66–21.33 fl oz 21
  MODE OF ACTION: A pyrethroid (Group 3)1 insecticide.
  COMMENTS: Restricted entry interval: 24 hours. See label for additional requirements regarding hand labor.
**  Apply with enough water to provide complete coverage.
+ Preharvest interval. Do not apply within this many days of harvest.
* Permit required from county agricultural commissioner for purchase or use.
1 Modes of action are important in preventing the development of resistance to pesticides. Rotate chemicals with a different mode-of-action Group number, and do not use products with the same mode-of-action Group number more than twice per season. For example, the organophosphates have a Group number of 1B; chemicals with a 1B Group number should be alternated with chemicals that have a Group number other than 1B. Mode of action is assigned by IRAC (Insecticide Resistance Action Committee). For additional information, see their Web site at http://www.irac-online.org/.



[UC Peer Reviewed]

UC IPM Pest Management Guidelines: Grape
UC ANR Publication 3448
Insects and Mites
W. J. Bentley, UC IPM Program, Kearney Agricultural Research Center, Parlier
L. G. Varela, UC IPM Program, Sonoma County
F. G. Zalom, Entomology, UC Davis
R. J. Smith, UC Cooperative Extension, Sonoma County
A. H. Purcell, Environmental Science, Policy and Management, UC Berkeley
P. A. Phillips, UC IPM Program, Ventura County
D. R. Haviland, UC IPM Program, Kern County
K. M. Daane, Kearney Agricultural Research Center, Parlier
M. C. Battany, UC Cooperative Extension, San Luis Obispo County
Acknowledgment for contributions to Insects and Mites:
J. Granett, Entomology, UC Davis

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