Subjec: Deadly kissing bug?!?!
Geographic location of the bug: Washington State
Time: 05:22 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hello,
I have been seeing these more frequently and found one in my house this evening. Is this the dangerous kissing bug, or something else?
Thanks in advance!
How you want your letter signed: A nervous Nelly
Dear A nervous Nelly,
This is a native Western Conifer Seed Bug, not a Kissing Bug. The Western Conifer Seed Bug has greatly increased its range beginning in the 1960s when it began to be reported outside of the Pacific Northwest. It now frequently enters homes to hibernate in the northeast and beginning in the early 2000s it has been reported in Europe as well.