How to Deal with Elm Seed Bug Infestations

When you think of pests, elm seed bugs may not immediately come to mind. However, these small insects eat elm seeds and can cause damage to crops. Plus, they can make their way indoors and be hard to control. Even pest control specialists may find them to be a challenge.

The elm seed bug is a pest native to Europe and the Mediterranean region but it was first detected in Idaho in 2012. Since then it has been detected in other states, including Utah, Oregon, Washington, and Colorado. 

Are you dealing with this pest? Here’s how to identify them. Adults are about 1/3 inch long with dark, rusty-red, and black coloration. They have an upside-down black triangle set inside two rusty red triangles on their back. They have wings that are held crossed over the back. Elm seed bugs also have a red belly. 

Read on to learn more about the problems that elm seed bugs can create and how you can get rid of them.

Why Are Elm Seed Bugs a Problem?

While elm seed bugs do not harm humans, they are considered to be a nuisance. Here are some reasons why:

  • They invade buildings. Elm seed bugs can become a nuisance when they invade homes in large numbers. They often enter buildings seeking shelter during cooler months.
  • Management challenges. Controlling elm seed bugs can be difficult due to their tendency to aggregate in large numbers as well as their ability to hide in cracks and crevices. This can make it challenging to effectively manage infestations.
  • Staining. When crushed, elm seed bugs can release a foul odor and leave behind stains on surfaces. This can be particularly troublesome if they are accidentally squashed on furniture, carpets, or walls.
  • Crop damage. While elm seed bugs primarily feed on elm seeds, they may also feed on other plants, potentially causing damage to crops and vegetation. 

How to Get Rid of Elm Seed Bugs

Here are some steps you can take to get rid of elm seed bugs and prevent them from entering your home:

  • Vacuum. Use a vacuum cleaner to remove elm seed bugs from walls, ceilings, floors, and other surfaces. Pay special attention to window sills and door frames. After vacuuming, immediately dispose of the vacuum bag or empty the canister in an outdoor trash bin to prevent the bugs from re-entering into your home.
  • Remove attractants. Elm seed bugs are attracted to the seeds of elm trees. If you have elm trees near your home, consider removing or pruning them to make them less attractive.
  • Seal entry points. Inspect your home for any cracks, gaps, or openings where elm seed bugs might be entering. Seal these entry points with caulk or weather stripping to prevent further infestations.
  • Keep your home and yard clean. Cleanliness is very important. Keep your home clean and free of clutter, as elm seed bugs are attracted to debris and organic matter.

Contact Pestcom Pest Management Today

Elm seed bugs can be destructive, damaging crops and entering homes. Contact Pestcom Pest Management to get rid of these pests for good. We use effective treatments to alleviate your pest concerns. To schedule an inspection, go online or call (986) 214-0953.

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