The Elm Seed Bug (Arocatus melanocephalus) is a black and reddish-brown bug that ranges from about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch in length. They have unique triangular shaped markings on their backs. This pesky bug found its way to the United States a few years ago and the first cases were reported in Idaho. Since its arrival, the Elm Seed bug has seen a steady increase in population.
Elm Seed Bug Behavior & Habitat
Elm Seed bugs overwinter as adults, mate in the springtime and lay their eggs in Elm trees. Their larvae feed on the seed and fruits of the trees in late spring and early summer. Once hatched, Elm Seed bugs make their homes under siding, in gutters and around mulch or pine needle piles near other elm trees. If they make it inside your home, they will most commonly nest in the wall or attic insulation. As a defense mechanism, when squished, Elm Seed bugs give off an extremely unpleasant and noxious odor.
Elm Seed Bug Control
When you call Pestcom Pest Management for Elm Seed bug control, we not only treat the inside of your home but we also treat the source; the Elm trees in your yard. We start with a pest consultation and inspection, looking for Elm Seed bugs in elm trees and around the base. We then treat accordingly to eliminate Elm Seed bugs from your property. Contact us today to learn more!