chinch bug

noun

Definition of chinch bug

: a small black-and-white bug (Blissus leucopterus) that is very destructive to cereal grasses

Examples of chinch bug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The chinch bug symptoms are similar but occur in the hottest, driest part of the lawn. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Your summer lawn care guide," 11 June 2020 That fungus is active only in cool spring weather, so treatment would only be needed in April or May. Some people make the mistake of applying that fungicide for other problems, including gray leaf spot, brown patch and even chinch bugs. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "How to start new Christmas cactuses from cuttings," 9 Jan. 2020 That would point to the damage being done by chinch bugs. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Garden murder mysteries: What killed this Indian Hawthorn, Asian jasmine, St. Augustine grass and yaupon holly?," 26 Dec. 2019 Imidacloprid is one of the better controls for chinch bugs, usually applied in midsummer when their damage first becomes evident. Neil Sperry, ExpressNews.com, "Blackened roses-of-Sharon victims of sooty mold, aphids," 10 Oct. 2019 Like areas browned by frost, chinch bugs or other problems that need a temporary cure until spring. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, "Prune peach and plum trees in January or early February," 26 Oct. 2019 If there is no response, suspect chinch bugs and consider applying a soil insecticide. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Fall blooms to attract butterflies and hummingbirds to your San Antonio garden," 13 Sep. 2019 In the 1860s, insects known as chinch bugs began devouring Wisconsin wheat crops — and farmers began looking for an alternative. Rick Barrett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Margarine smugglers, a deadly milk war and more flavor Wisconsin's dairy history," 28 Aug. 2019 The same insecticide will control chinch bugs as well. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "How to stop the bugs eating your tomatoes, peaches," 21 June 2019

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1785, in the meaning defined above

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“Chinch bug.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chinch%20bug. Accessed 23 Nov. 2020.

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