State bug expert stumped by Dayton in...

State bug expert stumped by Dayton infestation

There are 3 comments on the story from Jul 10, 2008, titled State bug expert stumped by Dayton infestation. In it, reports that:

A little more than a week ago, Debbie Oversen first noticed little, beetle-like bugs crawling around her Dayton home.

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Reno, NV

#1 Jul 11, 2008
I would be interested in seeing a picture of the bug referred to....I have seen quite a few little black beetle like bugs in the house we are staying at in Dayton....Do you have a pic? and do you know where can I get more info on this bug?


“I Care About Fernley - Do You?”

Since: Sep 07

Reno, Nevada

#2 Jul 12, 2008
Video link can be found here:

‘Seed Bugs’ Invade Homes Across Northern Nevada

Posted: July 10, 2008 01:28 PM
Kellene Stockwell
Channel 2 News

A bug invasion has caused quite a nuisance for several families in northern Nevada, and now the insects have been identified.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture says seed bugs, or Melacoryphus lateralis, have invaded homes from Reno to Fernley.

Debbie and Ed Oversen just moved into their new house in Dayton a month ago but just a few weeks after that, the bugs started invading their house by the thousands.

"We've been vacuuming forever, vacuuming until 3 AM," says Debbie. "Vacuuming bugs, zapping them off the wall, the ceiling and everything else."

State Entomologist Jeff Knight says he's not sure why the bugs come in such large numbers. He said the bugs are expected to stick around for the next few weeks, before dying out on their own.

Experts say the bugs feed on vegetations native to the area. But they say the insects are now focused on reproducing, and most likely won't harm your plants.

The seed bugs are attracted to white ultraviolet lights so avoid placing those around your house. Also bug sprays or insecticidal soap should help in the short term.

The Nevada Department of Agriculture also says the bugs are not boxelder bugs, and there is no connection between these and the fires burning in California.

“I Care About Fernley - Do You?”

Since: Sep 07

Reno, Nevada

#3 Jul 12, 2008
Video and stories about the bugs can be found here.
They are called Seed Bugs.

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