Control of Chinch Bugs Without Pesticides (

Other Pests

Anthracnose on Kentucky bluegrass in July

A number of pests (e.g. June bug grubs, sod webworm, leatherjackets) and diseases (e.g. red thread) cause damage that may be at least superficially similar to that caused by chinch bug. Generally they can be distinguished by the time of occurrence, whether they affect rooting and or leaves, aerial patterns of damage, where in the lawn they appear. Most respond to the same cultural conditions that reduce incidence of chinch, notably infrequent but deep watering, higher mowing, and modest use of nitrogen.

Some Web Resources for Identifying
Pests and Diseases in Nova Scotia Lawns

See also Got Pests? (Maine Board of Pesticides Control) for dealing with pests in the home, trees and shrubs, fruit, vegetables as well as turf.
  • Pest Management at Home ( Nova Scotia Dept. of Environment and Labour, Spons. (Viewed 3 Feb. 2009.)
    A set of factsheets on common lawn and garden pests in Nova Scotia is poisted on the Nova Scotia Environment and Labour website; they include:
    • Lawn Weed
    • Preventing Pest Damage in Home Lawns
    • Bed Bugs
    • Carpenter Ant
    • Chinch Bug
    • Common Diseases of Roses
    • Earwig
    • Eastern Tent Caterpillar
    • Flea
    • Garden Aphid
    • Mice & Rats
    • Powdery Mildew of Lilac, Phlox and Other Ornamentals
    • Wasp (Yellowjacket)
    • White Grub
    The factsheets provide guidelines on how to diagnose the different insect pests (e.g. by when they occur, nature of the damage, observations of grubs etc.) and fairly comprehensive considerations of non-chemical control options.

  • Turfgrass Management Report ( Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Spons. (Viewed 13 May 2007).
    The Turfgrass Management Report provides regular reports on common lawn pest and disease problems in Ontario through the year. It's is a good guide to some of the things to look out for in N.S., remembering that we may have some pests that are problematical here when they are not in Ontario, and vice versa. (An example is Japanese beetle, which is not entrenched in N.S., but is in parts of Ontario; however it has recently been found be in HRM so we should be on the lookout for it — see Japanese Beetle including the 2005 Report).

  • Plant Disease Images & Reports ( University of Guelph, Spons., Tom Hsiang, Auth. (Viewed 13 May 2007).
    A collection of images of illustrating common diseases of turfgrass and ornamental plants.

  • Diagnosing Common Lawn Diseases ( Instute of Applied Agriculture, University of Maryland, Spons. (Agronomy Memo 84) (Revised 1997, April. Viewed 13 May 2007).
    This document includes a Symptomatic Key To Diseases Of Kentucky Bluegrass,Perennial Ryegrass And Fine Leaf Fescue Turfs.

  • Controlling Turfgrass Diseases ( AMPAC Seed Co., Spons. (Viewed 13 May 2007)
    Thirty diseases (e.g., fairy tings, leafspot, red thread) are listed with notes on their seasonal occurrence, susceptible turfgrass species, and cultural controls. (Fungicide and nematicides are also listed but would not be allowed under a pesticide ban).

  • Turfgrass insect pests in the Northeastern USA ( Rutgers University, Spons.; Albrecht M. Koppenhöfer, Auth. (Viewed 13 May 2007)
    Photographs, descriptions, and management.

  • Turfgrass Entomology ( University of Nebraska, Spons., F, Baxendale Project leader. (Viewed 13 May 2007).
    Includes an easy to use KEY TO COMMON TURFGRASS INSECT PESTS

  • hortIPM ( ) Texas A&M University, Spons. (Viewed 13 May 2007).
    This site includes panels of photographs of different categories of pests (& beneficial insects) to facilitate identification, and different control options.

Page posted 19 Aug. 2004
Modified 15 May 2008.