anybody experienced about bluegrass billbugs?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by kickin sum grass, Sep 10, 2005.

  1. kickin sum grass

    kickin sum grass LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 628

    I have been treating a few lawns for brown patch this summer but they continue to grow in area. I am convinced that the fungus is under control as I used a combination of a contact and systemic each time. The last time I was out all the blades look disease free yet the areas are getting larger. I have been reading about billbugs and they say it also looks like disease damage in the affected areas. I have never ran arcoss billbugs to date so would like some first had info and the best way/ways to check these areas.

    thanks in advance
  2. out till dark

    out till dark LawnSite Member
    Messages: 63

    With the hot dry conditions here im seeing chinch bugs on some fine fescue and bentgrass lawns.

    Just peel back the turf on the fringe of the infected areas that are still green.Chinch bugs like south southwest facing sloped turf. If its on ff or bentgrass than its probably chinch bugs.

    Hope this helps.
  3. kcchiefs58

    kcchiefs58 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 54

    pill back the grass, it should pick up pretty easy, and look for a grain of rice with a red head. that in effect is what a billbug looks like. these insects are below the crown of the grass where the thatch layer meets the soil. in my area bilbugs are pretty much gone so you might not see any.
  4. Big Hoss

    Big Hoss LawnSite Member
    Messages: 57

    Don't confuse them with the Big Eyed Bugs as they are beneficial and eat the billbugs.

    Big Hoss

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