Leaf footed bugs

Identification

  • Colour Brown, yellow, orange, black
  • Size Up to 20 mm long
  • Description Have small, leaf-like enlargements on their hind legs and five crisscross black patches on their abdomen.

General Facts

Why do I have leaf-footed bugs?

The most common leaf-footed bug in Canada is the western conifer seed bug, which likes living in wood piles, under peeling bark, in tree cracks and feeds on the seeds of different types of pine and fir trees. When the weather turns cold, they seek out shelter indoors, on walls, windows, and in barns and other manmade structures. With the exception of the conifer seed bug, other leaf-footed bugs feed on the seeds and fruits of various plants, including tomatoes, pomegranates, nuts, citrus fruits, and ornamental trees and shrubs.

How worried should I be about leaf-footed bugs?

Leaf-footed bugs can affect different crops depending on how early the feeding occurs in the plant’s growth, leading to severe deformities, dead leaves, and shrivelled, deformed, or shrunken seeds. As well, they can damage crops as they feed, by excreting a digestive enzyme to liquefy the seed or fruit for consumption. In doing so, they also release a fungal yeast that causes unsightly discolouration. When occurring indoors they can be alarming and a nuisance. Leaf-footed bugs gather in alarming numbers that can be difficult to tackle alone. To truly eliminate a leaf-footed bug infestation, you'll need the help of professional pest control service.

How can I prevent leaf-footed bugs invading?

Remove woodpiles and weeds, Shield plants with row covers, Repair damaged screens, Caulk around doors and windows, Seal any foundation cracks, Vacuum up any leaf-footed bugs

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