vnews.com 11 Oct, 2020 05:00 am

Those bugs in your house right now may not be stinkbugs; even if they do stink

Those bugs in your house right now may not be stinkbugs; even if they do stink
There are probably a lot of bugs invading your house right now that stink when you smash them. But that doesn’t mean they’re stinkbugs.They’re more likely to be western conifer seedbugs, or perhaps box elder bugs. Or they might actually be a stinkbug...

Western conifer seed bug.They’re more likely to be western conifer seedbugs, or perhaps box elder bugs.It appears that in much of the state, the most common bug pestering homeowners right now is the western conifer seedbug, which is relatively long and thin.The western conifer seed bug’s name is self-explantory: Young bugs suck juices from seeds in pinecones of certain fir, spruce and pine trees — their population fluctuates as conifer cone production fluctuates — and they are native to the western U.

That last statement can’t be said of the brown marmorated stinkbug, which has a wider, shorter body but otherwise looks similar to the western conifer seed bug.“Nobody keeps track of it, really,” Siegert said.

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