Subject: They are everywhere!
Geographic location of the bug: My Basement, northeast Washington state
Time: 12:48 AM EDT
What are these? Are they harmful?
How you want your letter signed: Creeped Out
Dear Creeped Out,
This is an invasive Mediterranean Seed Bug, and according to BugGuide: “native to Europe and the Mediterranean, adventive in NA (WA-CA) and now locally abundant.” Without natural predators on the west coast of North America, they are proliferating. Though they are not specifically harmful, they are an annoyance when they are abundant, and we don’t believe there is any current information on the negative impact they might have on native species.