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mcambrose
08-25-2004, 09:09 AM
I was mowing Monday and a lot of black triangular bugs with two orange stripes get jumping onto my mower. What is the bug called? Is is a problem for he turf. The yard look generally yellowish, but it was probably low on N because of the excessive rain we have received this summer.

Grassmechanic
08-25-2004, 12:44 PM
Could be Box Elder Bugs, but need a photo to confirm.

HayBay
08-25-2004, 01:02 PM
If it is a box elder bug they are more of a nuisance getting into the house or buildings than actually damaging the lawn/trees.

Ken Kesey
08-25-2004, 02:34 PM
Sounds like box elder. They like to hide in wood shingles and are usually in the hundreds in numbers.

B&B
08-26-2004, 10:10 PM
in south ga. i see a lot of spittle bugs. i think box elders have longer legs than spittle bugs.

ThreeWide
08-27-2004, 04:20 PM
You are describing a spittle bug. Nymphs of the spittle bug are harmful to turf because they suck juices from the plants.

lawnguy26
08-27-2004, 09:06 PM
Sounds like a Spittlebug:
http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/ent/clinic/Bugofwk/965188/spittl5b.jpg

mcambrose
08-31-2004, 06:50 AM
Thank you all for the replies. It is the two-lined spittle bug. How much of an infestation is needed to show stress on the turf. On one property, I was seeing 10-20 on my mower deck every time I passed a certain spot. I thought the grass needed N. I guess it may be the spittle bugs. Is there a number per sf that is supposed to be the threshold for treatment?