GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Many around the Valley may have noticed some new pests around the house. They’re called Elm Seed bugs.
Teresa Hansow had them all around her house out on the Redlands.
"The patio was like covered in them, and you couldn't walk outside," said Hansow.
She had her house sprayed twice, and for the most part, the bugs are kept at bay now. She is not the only one in the Valley with the bugs. Dave Williams, owner of Chrome Mosquito and Pest Control, said his phones have been ringing off the hook with people calling about the Elm Seed bugs.
“They’re pretty much everywhere,” said Williams, “Anywhere from Palisade to Mack and everywhere in between."
He said it’s been particularly bad on the Redlands. Over at the CSU Extension office, entomologist Dr. Meredith Shrader, is looking into the bugs. She said they are not native to the US.
"They're originally from the Mediterranean area," said Shrader.
They came to Idaho in 2012, and made their way to Utah in 2014. In 2017, they made their way across the border and into Colorado.
"Undoubtedly the Front Range will deal with these in their good time,” said Shrader.
She recommends getting the outside of your house sprayed if you’ve reached your wit's end. However, she said the best thing to do to keep them out of your house is to make sure windows and doors are closed, screens are placed properly and to vacuum.
The good news is they are not harmful to pets, people or plants.
"More than anything they're just extremely annoying," said Williams.