tanbark borer

tanbark borer

5959  We have had a couple of these bugs flying in our house. They are not very good flyers. No idea where they are coming from. Any assistance would be appreciated. I am in Burlington, Ontario.  Liz

This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera; Cerambycidae); it looks like Phymatodes testaceus, known as the tanbark borer – see http://tinyurl.com/m349ves for an image (note: this species is quite variable in appearance) and more information. These will not infest anything in your home, and there is no need for control. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.