Western Conifer Seed Bugs

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.

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.

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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 Pest Control. 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 pest control or commercial pest control 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 Pest Control will be happy to go over the best western conifer seed bug prevention 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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