False chinch bugs primarily feed on and harm plants. They have no medical impact on humans. They do great damage in open, sunny areas. False chinch bugs can be distinguished from true chinch bugs by the absence of a conspicuous black triangle on the outer wing margin and by a head that is about the same width as the shoulder.


  • Temporary control may be achieved through use of contact or residual insecticide sprays
  • Chemical control is usually not recommended and plant mortality with false chinch bugs is relatively low


  • Very small in size, approximately 5 mm long
  • Found in dead areas of turf
  • Gray or brown in color
  • Large transparent wings
  • Blade-sucking nymphs
  • Can release an offensive odor similar to stinkbugs