Western Leaf-Footed Bug - School IPM - USU Extension

    Western Leaf-footed Bug

    Leptoglossus spp.

    Leaf footed bug

    Leaf-footed bug (Natasha Wright, Cook's Pest Control, Bugwood.org)

    Leaf footed bug

    Leaf-footed bug (Ayanava Majumdar, Alabama Cooperative Extension, Bugwood.org)

    Leaf footed bug

    Leaf-footed bug (Ayanava Majumdar, Alabama Cooperative Extension, Bugwood.org)

    Identification

    • 3/4 - 1 inch long
    • brown in color with a white band across the back
    • flat, leaf-like projections on hind legs
    • similar in appearance to western conifer seed bug; distinguished by thorn-like projection extending from the head

    Nesting Habits

    • often found on desert plants such as palm trees, Joshua trees and yuccas
    • aggregate in protected areas outdoors
    • can overwinter in buildings and homes

    Diet

    • wide range of flowering plants and ornamentals
    • fruits and nuts
    • thistles and other weeds in spring

    Significance

    • outbreaks may occur after mild winters
    • may overwinter on or in buildings or temporarily cluster on the sides of buildings, causing a nuisance

    IPM Recommendations

    • Eliminate weeds in landscaping around the building.
    • Equip foundation and attic vents with tight-fitting screens, especially during warmer months.
    • Find and seal any exterior cracks.
    • Vacuum adults that enter buildings.