Entries by Pest Control Canada

Australian cockroach nymph

6006   Found dead in my bathroom in Toronto. About the size of a small apple seed. Any ideas? Thanks. This appears to be a nymph of an Australian cockroach, Periplaneta australasiae (Blattodea: Blattidae). See http://tinyurl.com/ka4ltgr for details on its life history as well as some control suggestions. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Landlord won’t deal with Bed bugs

4630   My son had to move from one apartment to another. He bought a used couch  and checked it out real good before bringing it to his old place. They had it for two months. all was good. We move him to his new apartment. He had to clean it before he moved in. after […]


6001    Hi.  This picture was taken on a friend’s farm near Endeavour, Saskatchewan almost 10 years ago. At the time nobody could identify it.   It was found in a recently planted sea buckthorn windbreak row. Never saw one before or since. This guy was kept by the children and fed sea buckthorn leaves until he […]

Grain weevil

6000   Hi, I was finally able to get a good picture of the bugs that were in the rental we moved into .   You mentioned that they were most likely weevils but the pics were blurry … would you mind looking at this pic and , if possible , narrowing down the type ??  Thanks again for […]


5999   Could you please help in identifying this insect. I have swarms of them around my house, the cover everything from my BBQ, my table to my car. This is a male mayfly (order Ephemeroptera). These do not feed as adults or otherwise cause any physical damage, but can become extreme nuisances when large swarms […]

terrestrial crustacean (sow bug)

5998   Hello!    My name is Travis, and I live in southern Ontario.  We’ve seen a few of these guys in our master bathroom in the past few days and would love an identification.  I hope the photo is clear enough.  My best guess is some kind of sowbug?     They are small (maybe as long as my fingernail, <1cm).  […]

Reproductive caste termite

5997      can you tell me what this bug is?    Thank you.   Jackie  This is a reproductive caste termite. You may wish to have your premises inspected by a professional termite control company. See http://tinyurl.com/z6nhap8 elsewhere on this site for a directory of professional concerns in Canada. If you live in the United States, see http://tinyurl.com/ddsa37 […]

assassin bug

5996   Can you please tell me what is this bug?  Hang Ha This appears to be a nymph of Reduvius personatus, a peridomestic species of assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter. These are reported as having a very painful but not dangerous bite. See http://tinyurl.com/23g4bdy for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired […]

fairy shrimp crustacean

5995  My name is Bailey and live in northern Alberta, I found this little guy in the swamp out back. Not too sure if it’s a larvae or what.  anyone know?? This is a crustacean known as a fairy shrimp (class Branchiopoda; order Anostraca). I often encountered these in temporary pools in the early spring […]

Pest Control Service Technician – Calgary

594  May 23/17  Peregrine General Pest Control Inc. – Calgary, AB Pest Control Service Technician – Servicing Calgary & area. We are currently seeking to add a highly energetic and motivated individual to join our team. The primary role for this position will be to provide pest control service to commercial and residential clients. A minimum of […]

larder beetle

5994    Hey just wondering what kind of beetle this is. Found it under the bathroom sink with about 15 more. Lots of sawdust and wood around them. I looked on the site to see if it was posted and couldn’t find one like it. This is a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), a peridomestic […]

Dog Tick

5993  Good Morning.   I went for a walk in some grassland with a few trees here and there, not far from a beachy area on Lake Ontario and since then have found several of the bugs that you can see in the attached photo.   They don’t bite or anything but seem to hook themselves on to your skin […]

Carpet beetle control.

My building had issues with carpet beetles. Wondering if they can live on jewlery. We have seen some in my unit. And second question, does thirty minutes of drying on high heat kill all stages of the black carpet beetle? There is no reason for carpet beetles to live on jewellery.  Thirty minutes on high […]


5992   Dear Pest Control Canada,    I’ve been finding these little white maggot-like things all over the kitchen floor and occasionally on the counters, but I can’t figure out where they are actually coming from.  They don’t really crawl…they seem to start crawling but then just sort of roll and wriggle and don’t get very far, which […]


5991   Found this little guy dead in my kitchen any idea what it is? Thanks kind regards, Rhys Jonah This is a cockroach, but it does not appear to be any of the common peridomestic pest species. Knowing your geographic rea would help on pinning it down. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

plant louse

5990  Is this a baby bed bug? This is an aphid, aka ‘plant louse’ (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae). All aphids are sap feeders, and some can be serious garden/agricultural pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Firefly larva

5989   Found this today in the Belleville area! What is it?!?   Jenn This appears to be a larva of a firefly (Coleoptera: Lampyridae); see http://tinyurl.com/lv3whqt for an image. They are general predators on other small arthropods, mainly other insects. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.  

drugstore beetles

5988  These little bugs showed up in our Kitchen late last summer 2016. They are mainly in the kitchen cupboards and often migrate to the south facing windows. They disappeared once the cold weather come around even though they are in the house. In the middle of April 2017  they started showing up again.  I would […]

duff millipede

5987      Hi there,  I am Mel who lives in Vancouver, BC.  I have attached a photo of a bug for identification.  The bug’s are located inside the basement, on the west facing window sills.  The bugs were noticed in January 2017 and they are still in the basement.  There has been more rain than usual and the […]

Pest Management Technician. Prescott-Russell County

593  May 9/17   Maheu&Maheu est à la recherche de candidats pour occuper un poste de technicien en gestion parasitaire dans le comté de Prescott-Russell. Il s’agit d’un poste à temps complet. CONDITIONS: – Salaire pouvant excéder 75 000$ en fonction de la productivité – Régime de retraite – Assurance collective – Programme d’actionnariat – Véhicule et […]

larvae of a crane fly

5986  Good afternoon,  My name is Rebeca and we leave in London , Ontario.  Yesterday morning, we noticed our driveway infested with these larvae. Could you please help us to identify them? They are around 0.6 inches long.  Thanks. These look like larvae of a crane fly (Diptera: Tipulidae); see http://tinyurl.com/mz8ad2m for an example. These usually […]

soldier beetle

5985   This was taken outside, Maple Ridge B.C.  April 30 2017.   Ken This looks like a soldier beetle (Coleoptera: Cantharidae) in the genus Podabrus; see http://tinyurl.com/l4oglbu for an example. For the most part, these appear to be general predators on other small arthropods as well as acting as pollinators. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, […]

Australian cockroach nymph

5984    Hi,    I’m writing in relation to a dead bug I found in my bedroom that is about 1 inch in size. I can’t tell what it is…  Many thanks,  Jessica This appears to be a nymph of an Australian cockroach, Periplaneta australasiae (Blattodea: Blattidae). See http://tinyurl.com/ka4ltgr for details on its life history as well as some […]

giant water bug

5983  I found my son playing with this insect in the school’s playground sandbox. It is really big, at least 3″ long. Found in Trenton, Ontario end April.  What is it and does it bite? Thanks! This is a giant water bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Belostomatidae); likely in the genus Lethocerus. These are general predators on other aquatic life […]

house centipede

5982   Hello,   My name is Matt and I found this bug in our washroom, located in Richmond hill Ontario. I find smaller versions of these bugs frequently. Do you know what it is?  This is a house centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata, a cosmopolitan species. Unlike most other centipedes, house centipedes have quite good eyesight, and can hunt […]

Carpet beetle?

5981   Hello,   I was lying in bed when I felt something tickling and moving along the side of my belly. The attached pictures are of what I am hoping is just a beetle.  The insect is tiny, approximately 3 mm long.  I flipped it on its back for one of the pictures.  I live in […]


5980  I have been seeing this particular black and fire red insect around my home and my community. It has destroyed/eaten all my plants and I cannot seem to  do anything to get rid of them.  Can you tell me what this bug is and if it  is harmful to have inside my Home or is […]

Female and male ants

5979  Hi there,  I was hoping you could help me identify these bugs I found congregating around the deck in our backyard. I live in East York, Ontario and only noticed these yesterday. These are ants, the black ones are males and the larger brown one is a female. I am unsure as to the species, […]