Nuisance Alert: Western Conifer Seed Bug

Despite hailing from the distant regions of the Rocky Mountains, the Seed Bug has made its way to New England over the last century.

Often easily confused with the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (depicted below), it too emits a foul odor when disturbed.

The Seed Bug, as a youth, will feed on the seeds of (you guessed it) conifers in the warm months. They use their piercing mouthparts to tap into the seeds. And unlike the BMSB, it does not bite people.

However, just like the BMSB and the lady bug, it searches for a warm place to spend the winter once it’s grown. So many New England residents will find these bugs by the numbers invading their homes. Best prevention method is to seal off any cracks or available entryways before cold weather sets in.

 

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