Western Conifer Seed Bug
Many people confuse the Western Conifer Seed Bug for stink bugs, asking: “What are these skinny stink bugs?”
Several key features set these two pests apart:
- Unique Body Structure: The Western Conifer Seed Bug boasts a longer body compared to the stink bug, making it easily distinguishable.
- Leaf-Like Hind Legs: An intriguing characteristic of this bug is its hind legs, which are widened and resemble tiny attached leaves. In contrast, stink bugs have straight and cylindrical legs.
- Aka “Leaf-Footed Bug”: This bug is sometimes referred to as the “leaf-footed bug” due to its distinctive leg structure.
- Size and Coloration: Measuring about 3/4 inch, these bugs exhibit a brown color with reddish-brown and dark brown markings. A checkered pattern of brown and white adorns their edges.
- Feeding Habits: The Western Conifer Seed Bug feeds on conifer seeds and various other seeds, contributing to its unique ecological role.
- Audible Nuisance: When in flight, these bugs emit a loud buzzing noise, which can become a notable nuisance, especially when they find their way inside your home.
They May Be Unrelated, But They Both Stink.
These two pests are surprisingly unrelated, although they both share the burden of emitting a foul stench. However, ‘Seed Bugs’, as they are also known, don’t need to be squashed to emit their defensive smell. When they are threatened, they can emit the stench on command (as well as when they are squashed.) For this reason, when these bugs find their way into homes, the unpleasant smell can become a significant concern for homeowners.
BOLO for Western Conifer Seed Bugs in the Fall
As temperatures drop in the fall, the Western Conifer Seed Bug exhibits a notable behavior of seeking shelter in warmer environments, often leading them to infest homes. Their instinct to find a protected space during the colder months makes residential and commercial spaces particularly attractive. To minimize the likelihood of infestations, homeowners can implement preventive measures. Sealing potential entry points, such as cracks and gaps in windows and doors, can significantly reduce the chances of these bugs infiltrating your living space.
Understanding the Western Conifer Seed Bug’s behavior in the fall and their defensive odor provides valuable insights for homeowners, enabling them to adopt effective strategies for pest control and a more pleasant living environment. If you’re concerned about a Seed Bug infestation, don’t hesitate to contact A1 Exterminators.