Identify Black Triangular BUg with orange stripes

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by mcambrose, Aug 25, 2004.

  1. mcambrose

    mcambrose LawnSite Senior Member
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    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.
     
  2. Grassmechanic

    Grassmechanic LawnSite Silver Member
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    Could be Box Elder Bugs, but need a photo to confirm.
     
  3. HayBay

    HayBay LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
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    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.
     
  4. Ken Kesey

    Ken Kesey LawnSite Member
    from Here
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    Sounds like box elder. They like to hide in wood shingles and are usually in the hundreds in numbers.
     
  5. B&B

    B&B LawnSite Member
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    in south ga. i see a lot of spittle bugs. i think box elders have longer legs than spittle bugs.
     
  6. ThreeWide

    ThreeWide LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You are describing a spittle bug. Nymphs of the spittle bug are harmful to turf because they suck juices from the plants.
     
  7. lawnguy26

    lawnguy26 LawnSite Member
    from Florida
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  8. mcambrose

    mcambrose LawnSite Senior Member
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    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?
     

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