The Michigan Department of Agriculture has discovered the Elm Seed Bug (Arocatus melanocephalus) in Michigan. It comes from south-central Europe (thanks, Albania) and it feeds (of course) "primarily" on elm trees. But, since most of the elm trees are gone in Michigan due to disease, good luck, elm seed bugs.

The real problem, according to, is that these bugs will invade your house. They won't cause damage, but when stepped on, they "produce a foul stench".

I've seen other stories about these bugs (they're all over Idaho) that suggest all you can do is try to seal up your house and then use a vacuum cleaner to scoop them up, so you don't crush them.

Good luck, everybody. Here's the story, with photos.


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