LADYBUGS

Description: Vivid in color ranging from red to brown, or tan with black spots. Rarely, but they can also be black in color with red spots. These beetles are round in shape and range from 1.5mm to 6mm in length.

Habits: They eat a variety of outdoor soft bodied insects and their eggs, making ladybugs a beneficial pest. Once indoors, and although they are harmless to both humans and properties, they can become a nuisance to home owners. They attracted to light making them typically seen in window sills or in light fixtures.

Treatment: Prevention of entry into buildings is the most beneficial way of controlling this species. Once inside, light traps can be used to reduce the infestation. Spraying of insecticides typically provides little to no control.

STINK BUGS

Description: In their adult stages, they are brown to green in color with a shield shaped body. They range from 12mm to 19mm in length. They have wings making them able to fly from one location to another.

Habits: Preferring to feed off and cause harm to wild plants, they can also tend to feed off vegetables, soybeans, fruits and weeds. They do not pose any harm to humans, but become an annoyance to homeowners once indoors. They emit a bad aroma if crushed.

Treatment: Due to newly coming to the united States, management and control tactics are still in the developing stages. Currently, the best form of control for these bugs is to prevent them from entering the home. Pesticide applications applied to the exterior of the home to assist in prevention should be done in early fall prior to these bugs seeking shelter.

Fun Fact: These bugs were accidentally introduced into the United states in the late 1990s first in Pennsylvania.

BOXELDER BUG

Description: Commonly identified by their brown to black colored bodies with three red- orange stripes and veins on their backs. They are about 12.5mm in size.

Habits: They prefer to feed off of boxelder, maple and ash trees. They also feed off of young fruit of grapes, apples and plums. In the beginning of Autumn they begin to overwinter on structures, rocks and trees that have sunlight. Once indoors, their droppings can stain materials where they land. They have the ability to bite and emit a bad odor if squished.

Treatment: Preventative treatment prior to them invading the home is more important. Removal of female boxelder trees can help decrease the current population if tree removal is an option. Completing treatments and sealing potential entry points should be completed prior to August to decrease the possibility of infestations.

WESTERN CONIFER SEED BUG

Description: Their bodies are dull brown in color with a faint white zigzag appearance. and thinner than a Stink bug.They range from 16mm to 20mm in length. When they spread their wings to fly, they show their bright orange to reddish back.

Habits: Adults feed on ripening seeds and specifically Douglas Fir seeds. until early fall arises. They do not pose a threat to humans, but are however an annoyance when they overwinter indoors of your home. Like stink bugs, these bugs also emit a pungent odor if they are crushed.

Treatment: The best form of control is preventing them from entering the home. Pesticide applications can applied to the exterior of the home to assist in prevention should be done in early fall prior to these bugs seeking shelter.