chinch bug


Definition of chinch bug

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

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If there is no response, suspect chinch bugs and consider applying a soil insecticide. Calvin Finch,, "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,, "How to stop the bugs eating your tomatoes, peaches," 21 June 2019 These types actually combat a variety of pest species, including weevils, clearwing borers, cutworms, sod webworms, chinch bugs, and white grubs. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "What Are Nematodes? These Tiny Parasites Can Help — Or Hurt — Your Garden," 1 July 2018 Cold weather did not stop the chinch bugs; inspect yellow spots and treat if needed. Tom Maccubbin,, "June in the garden," 26 May 2018 Where gray leaf spot will show up in both sun and shade, chinch bugs will always be in the hottest, sunniest parts of your yard. Neil Sperry, star-telegram, "Here’s your gardening to-do list for the second part of the summer," 11 July 2018 These types of nematodes are effective against a variety of pest species including weevils, clearwing borers, cutworms, sod webworms, chinch bugs, and white grubs. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "What Are Nematodes? Are They Friendly Worms? Or Deadly Parasites?," 1 Mar. 2017 This time select a product the chinch bugs have not become resistant to, which includes either Arena or Dylox. Tom Maccubbin,, "Heirloom tomatoes big on taste, not on fruit," 6 Jan. 2018

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1785, in the meaning defined above

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