The Tuxedo Bug
The Tuxedo Bug is becoming more known here in the Pacific Northwest. Just like stink bugs, tuxedo bugs move into residential areas particularly during the early fall months where they can become bothersome to home owner’s due to their sheer numbers and them inadvertently entering homes.
Tuxedo bugs are essentially a harmless pest, but due to at times their mass numbers, home owner’s find them intolerable. Tuxedo bugs will often enter homes through small cracks in siding, window seals, roof soffits and doorways.
Tuxedo Bug Identification
Tuxedo bugs are typically about ¼ inch long with a narrow body. The Tuxedo bug gets its name from the appearance of their markings resembling a tuxedo suit. The overall body color is typically a dark gray to black with distinctive white stripes mid-body with white spots towards the bugs rear and head.
Tuxedo Bug Life Stages
Just like stink bugs, tuxedo bugs are active the first few weeks of spring, then again heavily active in late summer to fall. Tuxedo bugs typically like most bugs survive outdoors in cracks and crevices of tree bark, under leaves, and plants. As colder weather approaches, just like many bugs, tuxedo bugs seek shelter to survive the winter months. Shelter can come in many forms for this bug, but home owner’s commonly notice them when these bugs try and take up dwelling in or around a home for the winter. As spring weather approaches, home owner’s will again notice these bugs as they once again become active.
Tuxedo Bug Threats
Tuxedo bugs are not dangerous. These pests pose no threat of stings, bites, or damage to structures. These bugs typically feed on weeds, and, seeds of weeds. Tuxedo bug activity heightens in early spring as these bugs emerge from wintering sites, then again in late summer to early fall when these bugs transition from nymphs to adult stage.
Tuxedo bugs presence around your home or homes exterior is almost always coincidental as these bugs thrive in weedy environments such as pastures or unkept crop or garden areas. Adult tuxedo bugs have wings and can relocate into residential areas searching for new areas to call home. These bugs are most often attracted to areas with an abundance of weeds, and/or unkempt landscapes.
Tuxedo Bug Extermination and Control
The best strategy for a home owner to keep tuxedo bugs away is to keep landscaping up and weeds to a minimum. However, most home owners don’t know they have an issue until it’s too late, when tuxedo bugs have matured to adult stage leaving them to deal with often heavy infestations that can last for weeks.
Effective pest control and management for these pests often starts with hiring a reputable pest control professional to treat the exterior of the home to deter these bug from entering the structure. Another step is a thorough inspection of the exterior of your home to seal up entrance points. Due to the size of the tuxedo bug, this can be a tedious process.
Tuxedo bugs found inside the home can easily be vacuumed up on a regular basis making sure to remove the contents of the vacuumed-up debris to an outside area.
The infestation period can last weeks during the fall while these bugs are seeking refuge for the upcoming cold weather. Acting quickly to stop the bugs entry into your home through a defensive exterior pest treatment will aid not only in curbing the infestation now, but again as they reemerge in the spring months.
Finally, treating the source of the pests, often weedy areas will help greatly reduce the chances of a re-infestation the following year.