A Two Week Invasion
The False Chinch Bug is a small bug that can cause a lot of worry that you can literally do nothing about. This small bug only measuring 1/8” long will emerge in spring in an absolute infestation stage if the environment is right. Millions of them have been reported in problem areas, and there is not much you can do but wait them out and allow them to leave.
The False Chinch Bug is primarily a field or crop insect. They feed on weed overgrowth by biting into the plants with their mouths and suck the sap out for their food source. This can cause damage, but not enough to be considered a pest. So, what is so interesting about this small insect? The sheer numbers at which they can appear in an area is alarming. After a wet winter that promotes heavy weed growth, the overwintering generation hatch into five different nymph stages before they become adults. The adults emerge with a voracious appetite to consume the sap from the surrounding weeds. The obvious solution would be to remove the weeds from an area to prevent this mass of insects. However, if the natural food source is removed, they will migrate to corn, fruit trees, and even your flowers or vegetables surrounding your house. This is where the annoying problem begins. The False Chinch bug can travel with a group of millions of other relatives to the food source, and if that is near your house you will know it. Reports have been made of swarms that actually look like brown carpets moving all across the ground, making it look as if the ground is moving. To make things worse, they have wings and can also fly in swarms with millions of these short term pests on the ground and filling the sky. The False Chinch Bug does not bite or cause any harm to people, other than the annoying numbers taking over your space.
The other issue with trying to control this short lived infestation is that you can do nothing much about it. You can use a water hose to knock down the flyers, and push back the carpet of ground intruders from your living space, but that is about it. Traps have been known to be overwhelmed within minutes, due to their tremendous numbers. Pesticides do not work, as they are immune to them and only cause a bigger problem. The False Chinch Bug will get covered with the pesticide, not be affected and then eliminate natural predators from eating them. Naturally this bug is eaten by birds and other insects, but the pesticide covering their food source will now keep them from eating them. So, this will only stop the one thing that could help control some of the infestation, natural predators, from knocking down the numbers. The best news is that the swarms of False Chinch Bugs will only last about two weeks. So, keep your doors and windows closed, use a vacuum to suck up any that have gotten into your home and as with any home invading insect make sure to seal up any cracks, gaps or areas that they could gain entry into your home. Then simply deal with these short two week visitors, until they die and provide the birds and other insects a large meal to clean up this mess.
The False Chinch Bug lives in Tennessee but does not generally show up in numbers as large as it does in Southwestern states. It may be immune to being controlled, but other insects may be bugging you and be a Nashville Pest Control Issue. If you are experiencing uninvited guests such as Mosquitoes, Ants, Roaches, Spiders, Fleas, Ticks, Bed Bugs or other pests – Call Certified Pest Control Nashville for a free evaluation of how to keep your home pest free year round with our quarterly pest prevention program. Local, friendly, honest service is what you deserve; so choose our Certified Pest Control Family for quality and thorough service.