I have seen many of these insects lately. Usually just on the outside of the house - around the front door or the patio - but sometimes also inside.

Is this some kind of cockroach or other pest? Can they cause any harm?

The location is Germany, the province of Baden-Württemberg.

picture of a brown insect

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    Often bug identification is done in the gardening stack exchange. Perhaps it should be migrated there. Oct 19 '18 at 16:54
  • Can you describe roughly where you found this bug? Like the nearest major city or geographic region?
    – Freiheit
    Oct 19 '18 at 16:59
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    @Keeta I am asking specifically if I should take steps to protect my home from that critter. An identification would be a secondary result, and I don't even care for the actual species, if somebody can say with confidence that is is not a known damager.
    – rumtscho
    Oct 19 '18 at 18:05

Looks like a Western Conifer Seed Bug. Or what my family calls a 'stink bug' because they stink as a defensive measure or when squished. It's a pest but not harmful to humans. Just annoying.


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    Wee call them wood beetles or stink bugs , they have been bad in my area this year.+ I think any unwanted critter is a pest.
    – Ed Beal
    Oct 19 '18 at 13:38
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    Kiddos can be a pest but not this ugly! Yikes
    – JonH
    Oct 19 '18 at 19:31

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