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Chinch Bug — Blissus Leucopterus

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© Copyright 2017

Distant: Patches of turf turning brown in July or August. The damage resembles drought stress, but turf damaged from chinch bugs does not recover after a rain.

Up close: Dead and dying grass plants, and small (1/8 inch) black bugs in the surface duff or thatch when it is scratched or parted.