Entries by Pest Control Canada

To kill invasive ants, feed them what they want

Posted by Brian Wallheimer-Purdue February 28th, 2018 Poison bait is meant to smell and taste like foods that pest insects like invasive ants like to eat. But giving them the real thing instead of a knockoff might be a better option, researchers report. When researchers coated termites with poison and set them free near colonies […]

Pest Control Service Technician – Servicing greater GTA

616  Dec. 20/17    City and Country Pest Control Inc. We are seeking a highly energetic, self motivated individual(s) to join our team. We provide pest control services for residential and commercial clients. Job description: Provide pest control service to commercial and residential clients. Prior pest control experience is a plus; however, not a requirement as […]

elm seed bug

6182  Have found several in the second floor of house over a few weeks – insect smells with sharp odour when crushed – what are they? Regards,  Larry D. Like no. 6177, this appears to be an elm seed bug, Arocatus melanocephalus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Lygaeidae). See https://tinyurl.com/y77dynqq for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, […]

Stink Bug

6181  Hello,  Trying to figure out what came in on my Christmas tree. We are in Calgary, AB area and the store tells me the tree came from out East- likely Quebec or NB. The tree was outside for several days, but it has been a very mild winter ( typically above freezing days).  Cheers,  Tanya […]

silverfish or firebrat

6180   Hello -Shawn here in Prince George B.C.and we are experiencing a mild winter so far this December 2017. We found this unusual critter walking in a shower that does not see regular use & can not seem to identify it. It was @ 8 – 10 mm long and seemed sensitive to light changes/movements. […]

case-bearing clothes moth

6179  Found this in our home in Chilliwack, BC, late November 2017.  It acts like a tube worm, it has been impossible to photograph when the head is out as it seems to be incredibly sensitive to noise and light.  Mark This looks like a case-bearing clothes moth, Tinea pellionella (Lepidoptera: Tineidae). See https://tinyurl.com/ychmy3mq elsewhere […]

Fungus gnat

6178  Hi there, I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia and have found a whole lot of these flies in pretty much all of my windows this November- upstairs and in the basement. There was some condensation on some of the windows. They are usually dead or not very active, but have reappeared after spraying with raid. Should […]

elm seed bug

6177  Hello,. This bug is smaller than most that we’ve had, at about 3mm long.  They fly, and when threatened, they just fall and start to fly.  We live in Kelowna BC and we started getting these at the end of summer, and it’s now Nov. 30. They are attracted to our Lipstick plant that […]

Pack Rat

What is this critter living in my garage? How do I remove it? It is November in Grande Prairie Alberta Canada. This is a pack rat, sometimes called a wood rat or bushy tailed rat.  They can be eliminated using rat traps baited with nuts or peanut butter.    


6175  I cannot tell if the rat on the top of the pictures is a Norway rat or a black rat.  It is much larger than the rest of what appear to be black rats.  These rats were trapped on Tinian Island, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. They were trapped with Victor rat traps, baited […]

Bed bug

6174   Hi there. I found this bug in a bedroom on the floor last evening in Scarborough ON. Could you please identify if possible. Thank you! Cecilia The photo is a little out of focus but it is obviously a bed bug.    See our suggestions to control your problem.  http://pestcontrolcanada.com/how-to-get-rid-of-bed-bugs .  

Full-time Pest Management Technician servicing Calgary area

615  Nov. 29/17   ZAP Pest Control is currently looking for the right individual(s) to join our team in a full-time, permanent position as a Pest Management Technician servicing Calgary and surrounding areas. We service both residential and commercial clients, providing general pest control as well as bird and wildlife management services.   Please apply to james@zapmypests.ca

Service technician for the Halifax area

614 Nov. 20/17   Terminix Canada is looking for a service technician for the Halifax area. This is a permanent position for a motivated and friendly person who enjoys working with the public. Applicants must have a clean driving record and will need to provide a driver’s abstract and current criminal record check prior to […]

harmless accidental intruder

6173  Hello,  I live in Burlington, Ontario and I found a very small worm/caterpillar on the wall. Can you ID it for me? It moved very slowly in a wave-like manner. Pics are attached. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks    RM. This is a caterpillar, but I cannot make a more specific determination from this […]

Plant seeds

6172  Attached is a photo of possible bug eggs that were found beneath a baseboard heater in Ottawa, ON. The bottom of the heater is very dusty but these “eggs” were not which suggests that they are new, although this is unknown. It is currently November and there is snow on the ground. These “eggs” were […]

big-eyed bug, Hemiptera

R/sir, myself:   Shriram crop: cotton month: November weather: low temp 20 degree c. This is a big-eyed bug, Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Geocoridae); they are general predators on other small arthropods and this usually considered as beneficial. Nice photo!  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Wood boring beetle larva

6170  Hello & please help Identify the attached larva;  The hole in the oak floor is where the larva was found. White powder sawdust was removed with an air blast and the larva was coaxed out by injecting wasp foam spray into the bore hole about 3-1/4” long. The home is located between Brantford and […]

Poison to kill raccoons

Hi I had a question about pesticides available for farmers. We have a land in Northern Ontario and was wondering if Cyanide or other strong poisons can be available to farmers to get rid of some raccoons in our land. Thank you for your time. Kian. Poisoning wildlife is a dangerous control method that is […]

Pest Control Service Technician – Servicing Calgary area

613   Nov.14/17   Peregrine General Pest Control Inc.  We are  seeking a highly energetic and motivated individual to join our team. We provide pest control services for residential clients, bird and wildlife control, and commercial clients. Job description: The primary role for this position will be to provide pest control service to commercial and residential clients. This […]

How to get rid of clothes moths

4642 Hi, this is Michelle from just north of Grande Prairie, Alberta. We have been fighting these moths from late September and on. There are holes in clothes (including the kids’ clothes) and I have found larva on knit socks and in balls of wool yarn.  The larva are brown with little hairs coming out […]

Yellow mealworm beetle pupa

6169   This 6 legged insect may have entered my house on a jacket  that was left outside overnight.  Two days ago it seemed lifeless after my cat discovered it, soft, moist and pale like shrimp but now it’s segments are dry and more solid… then it wiggled when handled for the photo so perhaps I’ll […]

western conifer seed bug

6168     Found inside and out, mainly spring and fall.  They all look to be of same size and colouring.  Property near tidal water.  Thanks,  Mark. This is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae). These often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. See https://tinyurl.com/ybmonu3 for detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, […]

ant-like flower beetle

6167  This specimen was caught in a bug trap (baited with black and varied carpet beetle pheromone and a food pellet), placed in a carpeted lunchroom near a wall and a radiator. We collected this specimen on October 23, 2017 (specimen was likely caught in trap within the last week). Our geographical location is Burlington Ontario.  Thanks,  […]

saw-toothed grain beetles

6165  Can you please identify the insects in these photos. They have infested my kitchen and I would like to know how to be rid of them. Thanks. These appear to be saw-toothed grain beetles, Oryzaephilus surinamensis (Coleoptera: Silvanidae). These beetles and their close cousins merchant grain beetles (O. mercator) are cosmopolitan pests of dry stored […]

click beetle

6164   Found this live bug this morning (5:30am) on my bathroom mat, I am location in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.  Legs would tuck in when prodded, then after few seconds get up and move.  Moves pretty quickly.  Size is approx 4mm from tip of head (not antennae) to backend.  The weather is just starting to here […]

Experienced Technician wanted GTA

612.  October 25/17 Job Requirements: – experienced and licensed – More training provided.   Good driving record – Good command of English language (Written & Oral) – Knowledge of GTA streets – Good customer service – Able to work well with others – Able to work Saturdays – Clean and neat appearance – Able to take direction – […]

red-cross shield bug

6163    This was on the roof inside our holiday trailer on August 28, 2017.  It was about 5/8” in length and 3/8” wide.  When my husband picked it off the ceiling he said it wouldn’t “squish” in between his fingers because the body was hard.  We were camping at Tunnel Mountain Campground, in Banff, Alberta.  Neither […]

oil beetle, a type of blister beetle

6162   Hi.  This beetle was found in field behind my house on a sunny day during mid-October.  I live in Port Elgin, Ontario.  I don’t remember ever seeing this beetle before and didn’t see it on your website.  The beetle is fairly large at around 3.5 cm long.   My son has suggested that it may be […]

brown prionid

6161   Please help with ID of this guy. My son found him already dead. It looks like a borer of some kind but I cannot find it online anywhere.  We live on the edge of a wooded area, and just received a load of wood from a local source in the last 2 weeks.  Thanks, […]

Get rid of boxelder bugs

4641  How do you get rid of Boxelder bugs? How much would it cost to get rid of them? HELP!! Boxelder bugs can be a real nuisance but fortunately they are harmless to humans and cause no damage to structures. Getting rid of them can be almost impossible unless the host boxelder tree is removed.  […]

house centipede

6160   Location: Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada.  Place fund: book store, build on a concrete slab.  We had the insects showed in post 5612.  But they evolve into this and they still move really fast.   They now measure about 5cm long and when they flee they’re about 2cm tall.   We would like to know what are those bugs […]

robber flies

6159     What is this??   mating strange pair!  Holly These are robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae); likely in the genus Promachus – see https://tinyurl.com/yddn9x4h for an example. Robber flies are ambush predators that simply wait until a potential meal flies/wanders into striking distance. They then fly out, nab their victim, and bring it back to their perch […]