The pine flat bug is a palearctic region pest of coniferous and hardwood trees. The pest is distributed from the United Kingdom to Siberia and feeds on the tissue of seedlings and young trees and can cause serious damage in nurseries, Christmas tree plantations, and seedlings or sprouts in natural or planted settings. The likelihood of introduction and subsequent establishment in the United States is high, as the species is easily overlooked, is viable after transport in low temperatures, and is unlikely to be dislodged during transport. Infestations of pine flat bug in North America have not been observed to date (USDA APHIS & Forest Service 2000).
United States Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service and Forest Service 2000. Pest Risk Assessment for Importation of Solid Wood Packing Materials into the United States. USDA APHIS and Forest Service. August 2000.