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Elm Seed Bug Identification

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What are elm seed bugs?

Elm seeds bugs are new to the United States. They are native to Europe and the Mediterranean and were first discovered in the U.S in 2012 in Idaho; since then, they have migrated to many other states, including Utah.

Adult elm seed bugs have an oval shape, are winged, and have dark, rusty-red, and black coloration. They are easiest to identify by the black upside-down triangle located between two rusty-red triangles located on the back.

Are elm seed bugs dangerous?

Elm seed bugs are not dangerous, but they are an annoyance to have inside our Utah homes. They stain surfaces with their excrement, invade in large numbers, and when crushed or handled, they will emit a foul odor.

Why do I have an elm seed bug problem?

Elm seed bugs overwinter as adults in and around structures. During the late summer, when the weather outside is hot and dry, and their numbers are high, it is common for these insects to find a way into our homes. The flat oval shape of these insects makes it easy for them to enter our homes through any small crack or crevice they come across.

Where will I find elm seed bugs?

Elm seed bugs feed primarily on elm seed trees and a few other seed-bearing trees. They spend most of the year outside on those trees feeding and breeding; they do not breed indoors. After finding a way inside, these pests are commonly seen by homeowners crawling across walls, upholstered furniture, and ceilings.

How do I get rid of elm seed bugs?

To ensure we are providing you with the right service, we tailor all our pest control plans to meet each of our customers' unique needs. Protect your home against elm seed bugs with Bug Wranglers and our eco-friendly and kid-friendly pest control solutions. Our professionals will begin with an inspection and then work with you to develop a custom pest control plan.

When you partner with us, you can ensure we will provide you with the best elm seed bug control services that are the right fit for your home and family. Learn more about guarding your Utah County property against elm seed bugs by giving us a call today!

How can I prevent elm seed bugs in the future?

Prevent elm seed bugs from easily finding a way into your home with the help of the experts at Bug Wranglers and our helpful prevention tips.

  • Make sure your home’s windows and doors are well sealed. Make sure screens are intact and weather-stripping has been placed around windows and doors. 
  • If you spot elm seed bugs in your home, use a vacuum to remove them.
  • Trim back shrubs, trees, and other vegetation from your home’s exterior walls.
  • Place caps on chimneys and screens over vents leading into your home.
  • If possible, avoid planting new elm trees on your property.