Chinch Bug Attack! - Knowledgebase Question

Simi Valley, CA
Question by jnhmxrs
July 22, 2000
We have chinch bugs in our lawn and they are destroying it. My husband has put some type of pesticide down to rid us of these bugs. He noticed that they were also near my garden which is full of Burpee tomatoes, peppers and eggplant. Will these chinch bugs now attack my vegetables and if so how can we safely combat them?


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Answer from NGA
July 22, 2000

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variety of grass.

If physical methods are not effective, use a pesticide which will have a minimal impact on both you and the environment. Use an insecticidal soap spray on areas where damage has occurred. Diatomaceous earth can also be used to control chinch bugs. Diatomaceous earth is an insecticidal dust which acts as an abrasive. It cuts the outer layer of the chinch bug's body causing it to dehydrate and then die. Products containing pyrethrin can also be used.

Chinch bugs probably won't visit your veggie garden.
variety of grass.

If physical methods are not effective, use a pesticide which will have a minimal impact on both you and the environment. Use an insecticidal soap spray on areas where damage has occurred. Diatomaceous earth can also be used to control chinch bugs. Diatomaceous earth is an insecticidal dust which acts as an abrasive. It cuts the outer layer of the chinch bug's body causing it to dehydrate and then die. Products containing pyrethrin can also be used.

Chinch bugs probably won't visit your veggie garden.

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