July 20, 2001
False chinch bugs are not a common pest in Iowa. Outbreaks have been noticed only 3 times in the last 20 years. When outbreaks do occur, large numbers or "swarms" of these tiny insects are observed in yards, fields, fencerows and gardens. Outbreaks are associated with dry weather.
Most areas in Iowa received adequate moisture this spring. However, in recent weeks the weather has been quite dry. The following questions and answers on watering may help the gardener deal with watering related concerns.