Pest Control - Knowledgebase Question

Broadview, IL (Zone 5A)
Question by bpodz
May 1, 2007
I have these bugs which are a little larger than a fly. They have black and red wings. I had them last year and called a service who came out three times. They said they were chinch bugs. However, I went outside and my flower garden is loaded with them. I would appreciate knowing what they are and how to get rid of them. Last year, I looked up a Zimmerman moth in this web site and found a picture of it, plus a whole lot of other bugs. I think it was an Ortho site. Thank you.


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Answer from NGA
May 1, 2007

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They sound a lot like chinch bugs but to make sure, take a few of them in a plastic baggie to a nursery professional or master gardener so they can positively identify them for you. In turf areas where chinch bugs have been a perennial problem, early insecticide sprays have been used to reduce the beginning spring population. This works well if applications are made in April or early-May after the adults have finished spring migrations and the young nymphs are just becoming active. A single treatment won't rid your landscape of chinch bugs so finding them again this year doesn't surprise me. You can use the following products to control the chinch bugs:
Bendiocarb (Ficam)
Carbaryl (Sevin)
Chlorpyrifos (Dursban)
Cyfluthrin (Tempo)
Diazinon

Read the label and apply with frequency and in the amounts as listed on the product label.

Best wishes with your landscape.

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