Western Conifer Seed Bugs

What are western conifer seed bugs?

Western Conifer Seed Bugs are a type of "true bug", or Heteroptera. WCS bugs plague much of the North American continent, and the great state of Colorado is no exception. Looking like a weird hybrid between a beetle and a locust, WCS bugs are usually dark brown in color. They’re between 16 and 22 millimeters in length, depending on gender. They’re not afraid to take off and fly if disturbed and can most often be found resting on various plants, attempting to consume whatever sap or milk these plants produce. a western conifer seed bug on a plant outside a home in vail colorado

Are western conifer seed bugs dangerous?

Western conifer seed bugs are primarily considered nuisance pests but can also cause property damage. They become a nuisance in areas with extensive conifer woods, as they will sometimes enter houses in large numbers. WCS bugs have the potential to cause structural damage to properties, as it has been found that they will sometimes pierce PEX tubing with their mouthparts, resulting in leakage. WCS bugs have the ability to bite mammals when feeling threatened or if there is a lack of food sources. Their typical defense mechanism is to spray a foul, bitter-smelling solution produced internally, similar to a skunk.

Why do I have a western conifer seed bug problem?

Do you have plants on your property? WCS bugs love plants that contain milk or sap. The juicier a plant, the more likely you are to receive unwanted WCS bug visitors. These bugs don’t necessarily travel in packs on purpose, but they do migrate to food sources in mass. If you’re struggling with unwanted western conifer seed bugs, it’s most likely because there is a food source on your property that they’re interested in. Keep a keen eye out for conifer plants on and around your property.

Where will I find western conifer seed bugs?

As you can probably imagine, western conifer seed bugs get their name because they’re most commonly found feeding on the sap housed inside developing conifer plant cones. While these pests can be found on full-grown plants, they target the seeds because of the abundance of sap inside them. If the seeds don’t outright wither and die, the plant that sprouts is often underdeveloped or deformed. When it’s time for western conifer seed bugs to reproduce, they will search for a suitable host plant. Developed conifer plants are often the host of choice but aren’t the sole option for residency. Look for small groups of eggs that have been laid on the needles and stems of potential host plants.

How do I get rid of western conifer seed bugs?

The most effective way to remove or limit an infesting conifer seed bug population is by tearing up any conifer woods you may have in your area. We said most effective, not the best solution! Look around for the eggs we’ve already talked about a bit. Neutralizing these eggs will limit future generations of WCS bugs.
 
The best solution is to reach out to us at RAM Wildlife & Pest Management. We’ve got the equipment and solutions needed to neutralize the WCS bug population that is plaguing your property without killing off your plants and trees. After a careful assessment, our trained professionals will go over the residential or commercial treatment plan with you and get to work right away so you can enjoy your Aspen or Vail, Colorado property in peace.

How can I prevent western conifer seed bugs in the future?

The licensed pest control professionals from RAM Wildlife & Pest Management will be happy to go over the best preventative maintenance methods and solutions to fit your family and property. With a number of preventative insecticides at our disposal, in conjunction with bait traps, we’re sure to find a solution to fit your needs.

 

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