Entries by Pest Control Canada


6055   Have a pile of logs from a recently cut down tree and saw these bugs on it that looks like wasps from a distance but up close they were more like crickets.  


6054  My name is Barbara and I live outside of Maders Cove in Nova Scotia.   Four days ago (June 8th) I found this insect on the upholstered headboard of my bed. It has the ability to jump and is 5-6mm in length.  I saw an exact one a few days later in my clear tube bird […]


6052  I don’t know if this is a pest or not but I didn’t want to kill it if it is! Found on raspberry bushes in Calgary, AB on June 20, 2017. Does not seem to be eating the raspberry leaves. May have fallen from nearby apple or spruce. This caterpillar is about 1.5cm long and maybe 3mm […]


6051   Found this in my dry cleaning shirt. I put it on and few minutes later I realized something bothering me in the back. Took off my shirt and found this. And now I have a what feels like a bite or so…redness…  Ben

Get rid of carpenter ants

How do you get rid of Carpenter ants at the cottage?  Denis.  Georgetown, Ont. We have published a vast amount of identification and control information on this web page: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/ants/carpenter-ants


6049  Calgary, Alberta, Canada June 08. Has 3 things out its tail, I know it’s not a pest but I’m curious what it is. Thanks,  Braedon  This is a mayfly (order Ephemeroptera); possibly a subimago that recently has emerged from its naiad (immature) ‘skin.’ If so, it will molt once more to reach the adult […]

metallic wood-boring beetle

6048    Beetle found on a hot day early June, Barrie, Ontario, very good flyer, shimmery copper belly.   Carolyn This is a metallic wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), possibly in the genus Chalcophora; see https://tinyurl.com/ybeug8rl for an example. Larvae of these beetles are known as flat-headed wood borers, and make characteristic oval-shaped tunnels in wood. Ed Saugstad, […]


6047    We live in Edmonton, Alberta and have lived at location for 25 years and have never seen this Insect before (found 4 in the last 3 days).  We live on the edge of the city with the North Saskatchewan River across the street. The insects have only been seen towards evening. One at dusk and […]

Pest control technician, Lindsay Ontario area

597   Looking for pest control technician! Physical work, outdoors and driving work trucks, training included, need to have drivers licence and abstract! Positive attitude, eager to learn, works well alone as well as with others, dependable, good work ethic, full time as well as some weekends, wages to be discussed. Looking for people with licence/experience […]

jumping spider

6047   Found this today and people are freaking me out telling me it maybe venomous.   I just want to be sure it’s not.  Thank you!  Makakita. This is Phidippus audax, a very common and widespread species of jumping spider (family Salticidae) known as the bold or daring jumper. Like the vast majority of spiders, it […]

Aphid (plant louse)

6046  I recently found these bugs on the new growth of our Mugo Pine here in Calgary. These bugs always appear surrounded by a number of ants and are about 3mm long.    Thank you,  Tom This is an aphid, also known as a plant louse (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae). When feeding, they often secrete a sticky fluid called […]


6045    Hello, I am from Ottawa Ontario Canada and I have been finding these bugs in my back yard, they seem to be growing in numbers and I would like to know what they are called. I have never seen these bugs before and I would like to know more about them. Thank you. This […]

wharf borer

6044   Hi can you please identify this bug. Found two or three in the last couple of days. Worried about it being a cockroach. Thanking you.  This appears to be a wharf borer, Narcerdes melanura (Coleoptera: Oedemeridae). See https://tinyurl.com/obonjsx for an image and more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

horsebean longhorn beetle

6043  This bug flew in over our patio table while we were having a conversation. We live in the Phoenix Arizona area and have never seen an insect like this ever before. Do you have any idea what this is?  Thanks, Adam This is a horsebean longhorn beetle, Trachyderes mandibularis (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). See https://tinyurl.com/yc3petgs for images […]

Mud dauber wasp

6041  Geographical location: Calgary, Alberta.   Relevant information: Found indoors [top floor of a condominium unit]  Season: Summer, warm and sunny weather.  Insect size: ¾ of an inch to 1 ½ inches [found in our condo last summer and this summer, starting in the month of June each year)  The insects NEVER go further into our unit […]

tortoise beetle

6040   I found this bug clinging to the patio screen door from the inside.    It has wings and when it was upside down it opened its wings to turn  itself around. It appears to have a clear scan like outer shell.   Please advise on what this is. Thank you.   Lisa,  Woodstock,Ontario  This is a tortoise […]


6039   There are lots of these bugs all over our cedar deck and wood patio door trim. A couple days ago they were a pale lime green and now they look like this. Not sure if they are termites or not. Also, the pine tree over the deck has seemed to spray down some sap […]

Masked hunter bug bite

6038     Hello, I am located in Scarbrough Ontario. This bug bit me in my bed . It stung so bad it felt like razor blades for about 5 min. After it bit me it flipped over and was stunned on its back . I don’t see it on any Canadian bug charts or your charts. Should […]

Pesticide risk to infant?

4635   Hi, One of the apartments in the house I live in has bedbugs and the landlord is going to either spray just the basement apartment or possibly the whole house. I have a 9 month old baby and was wondering what we should do if this treatment happens? Can these chemicals be harmful to […]

Tent caterpillar control

Trying to find a way to get rid of tent-nest’s How do I do it? The natural, soil dwelling bacterium Bacillus thuringiensis or Bt-kurstaki (BTK) is particularly effective on inch worms of all types. Use easily applied spray to hit worms and protect the leaves at the first signs of damage. BTK sprays do not […]

cockroach nymph

6037  Can you help me ID these 2 pests in my home. Stouffville, ON This is a cockroach nymph, but it does not look like any of the common peridomestic pest species. It might be one the so-called wood cockroaches. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV. This is a cockroach nymph, but it does not […]

darkling beetle

6036  Hey there, I am from the Cowichan Valley in BC and have just tonight found around 10 of these beetles in my house. They are black, not particularly shiny, quite rounded body with 3 defined segments. They’re all about an inch long or so.  I usually wouldn’t think much of seeing a bug or two […]

yellow Douglas fir borer

6035   This guy was hanging out under the edge of our kitchen counter, near our dishwasher. Interior BC, late spring. This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae); it looks like Centrodera dayi, known as the yellow Douglas fir borer – see https://tinyurl.com/ybmvqaha for an image.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

plant bug in the family Miridae

6034   Hi. Could you help me identify this bug? I found it dead in my daughters room, at the same time we are trying to figure out what caused bites on her arm. Do you think it’s a bed bug?? It’s about 1-2 mm long. Thank you!  Jackie This appears to be a plant bug […]

ground spider

6033  Found in a house Canada. Found several of these in our home it’s June here. Fell from ceiling. Bobbiejoe. This is a ground spider (family Gnaphosidae) in the genus Sergiolus. It appears to be similar to S. montanus (see https://tinyurl.com/yc7txyxe), but confirmation would require microscopic examination of certain body parts.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; […]

Electronic pest repellers

4633  Good morning.   I volunteer at a Scout camp and we have many Cheery Trees, BUT the Cubs and Scouts can not get to the fruit as the Animals get there first.  Where can I obtain an Electronic repellent to hang in the trees?  Thank you.  Paul Don’t waste your money.  There is no unbiased scientific […]

Sow bugs in cottage

6032   Hi – we have a vacation home in Nova Scotia directly on the Bay of Fundy.  These came crawling up the basement foundation and now a few have made their way to the first floor of the house.  Help! This is a sow bug. They can only survive in damp conditions. Read more about […]

Ladybug larva

6031  From Kingston Ontario. Never seen one of these before. What is it?  Yara  This is a ladybug larva. The ladybug life cycle is not much different from the life cycle of a butterfly. The ladybug goes through the same four stages as a butterfly, the egg stage, the larvae stage, the pupa stage, and the […]

Still has bed bugs

4632    I have bed bugs, after the exterminator came in, we still have them. But killed off the basic population of them. What can we do? Getting rid of bed bugs is a process that usually takes more than one treatment.   The most important step is a very thorough inspection but even a professional may […]

Nuttall’s blister beetle

6030  No idea what this is and tried googling for awhile, photo taken in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada.  Eddie. This appears to be a Nuttall’s blister beetle, Lytta nuttalli (Coleoptera: Meloidae); see https://tinyurl.com/yag58ncl for images. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.  

Fungal growth on stump

6029   Do you know how I can ID these eggs on my dead stump in Ottawa?  Thanks.  Wayne I suspect that this more likely is a fungal growth of some kind rather than an egg mass of an insect or other invertebrate; see https://tinyurl.com/y7hxg2xl for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.