Subject: Bug identification
Geographic location of the bug: Newton, Ma
Time: 12:11 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hi, we have found one of these bugs inside the house every few weeks. Slow moving, sitting on the wall (or today, on the headboard). We catch and have put outside but would like to know if they are pests or not!
How you want your letter signed: Bernard
This is a Western Conifer Seed Bug, a species native to the Pacific Northwest. Sometime in the 1960s, perhaps an early indication of global warming or possibly due to increased human travel, the Western Conifer Seed Bug began to expand its range and it is now quite common in the eastern portions of North America. The Western Conifer Seed Bug seeks shelter indoors to hibernate and most of our requests come from folks like you who find them in the home.