The western conifer seed bug, also known as a pine seed bug, is native to the west coast of North America and is commonly found inside Utah homes. While these bugs do not sting, bite, or feed on people or pets, and they don’t carry diseases or pose a health risk, most individuals do not want these insects inside their homes. One reason is that they frequently congregate in large groups, which may be startling to find. When agitated or killed, conifer seed bugs release a strong bitter odor that’s unpleasant to have in your home.
These insects are attracted to warmth and often congregate on sunny south-facing walls of homes and buildings. When it gets cooler, conifer seed bugs will seek out a warm place to wait out the winter, which often leads them into houses. For this reason, pine seed bug infestations are frequently discovered in the fall, and they may also be discovered in spring as the weather warms up and the insects become more active. Nature’s Balance Pest Control is one of the few pest control companies that provides removal and treatment services for conifer seed bugs.
Because of their similar appearance, behavior, and smell, conifer seed bugs are often confused with stink bugs. Although both insects emit a similarly unpleasant smell when squished, pine seed bugs are not part of the stink bug family.
Conifer seed bugs are ¾ to 1 inch long, slightly larger than common stink bugs, with a reddish-brown color compared to stink bugs’ mottled brown markings. The conifer seed bug’s elongated shape looks pointed at both ends instead of the stink bug’s rounder shield-like shape. They have antennae almost as long as their body, a leaf-shaped flare on their back legs, and often a pale zig-zag pattern on their wings.
It’s much easier to prevent a pine seed bug infestation than it is to address one that already exists. The primary method of prevention is to seal off entry points to your home. Since conifer seed bugs are so small, you should examine your door frames, window frames, walls, siding, and foundation for cracks and seal them using silicone or caulk. Any gaps around pipes, cables, crawl spaces, chimneys, or vents should also be sealed off. Ensure that the windows and doors in your home are covered with screens and that the screens are free of tears and rips.
If you spot a conifer seed bug, don’t squish it, as it will release a foul odor that will linger in the room. You also don’t want to swat it since it will leave an unpleasant smear to clean up. Instead, sweep the insect out with a broom or gently pick it up in a paper towel to be either placed outside or flushed down a toilet. You could also use a vacuum to remove larger numbers of bugs, although you must dispose of the vacuum’s contents outside to get rid of the smell.
Nature’s Balance can help you assess the issue, remove the conifer seed bugs in your home, and create and implement a customized plan to keep them from coming back.
Dealing with an infestation of conifer seed bugs can be frustrating, but Nature’s Balance Pest Control can help you get them out of your home and keep them out. Our professional technicians are skilled in the latest pest control technologies. We can effectively treat your property with essential oil-based methods or other eco-friendly options that give you efficient results without sacrificing the health of your children, your pets, or the environment.
We treat our customers like we’d like to be treated and provide friendly, helpful services with fair prices and flexible scheduling and payment plans. If you have a problem with conifer seed bugs or another pest in Bluffdale, Lindon, or Wallsburg, Nature’s Balance Pest Control can give you a solution. Contact us today to learn more or get a free quote.
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