Entries by Pest Control Canada

How to get rid of ants

I seem to have an infestation of ants…other than traps how can I get rid of them? You should first identify what species of ants you have.   Treatment will vary for most species.  Some can be controlled with pesticide sprays, some with bait and some by altering the environment.  Spraying pesticides could also make the problem […]

Checkered beetle or flower beetle

5659  Hi there! Wondering if anyone knows if this bug could be the pest that is biting my daughter multiple times and leaving horrible bites!? (100% she is not being bitten by bed bugs).  We are in Ontario. Thanks so much! Kristin This insect would not be responsible for any bites, it looks like either […]

Scarlet Malachite beetle

5658   I wonder if you could help me identify some critters that have been climbing my living room windows in the last few days. They have a red shell, with a dark stripe down the center of the back, covering the wings. They are approximately 1/2 inch long.   Thank you very much.  Reg B.  Edmonton […]

Flying ants

Every spring I see numerous flying ants on the tongue and groove ceiling of my living room but they are only visible for a few days.  Should I be concerned.   John J.   Gulf Islands. Yes you should be concerned.  Winged ants indoors in early spring are a likely sign of carpenter ant nests.  They are […]

Leaf Beetle

5657  Hi my name is Matthias.  Last few weeks a lot of these guys have popped up in my house. I live in Brampton Ontario Canada. They’re mainly on my ceiling and high up on my walls, they fly and are 2-4mm when we get a closer look they tuck their feet in and dont […]

Persistent Clothes Moths

I have been dealing with since January. All my clothes are in plastic bags and containers. I have had my place sprayed by a pest control company – bottom of couch, cracks in closets, etc. Wherever they usually spray, they have sprayed. I also have peramone traps set up. For 10 days after spraying (March […]

Trapdoor spider

5656   Hi, I dug up a fern in my mother’s yard and came across this spider.. With the whole body it was about the size of a toonie.. My mother lives in Langford BC. ( Vancouver Island ). I have never seen anything like this and am very curious if you could tell me which […]

Funnel Weaver Spider

5655   Hi there,  I found this spider stradldling the inside corner of my frontroom wall.   I have never seen a spider this size in my house before.  What kind of spider is this?  I live in Westbank,   BC.  Thank you for your time and help!  Lana This spider is in the family Agelenidae (funnel weaver/grass […]

Jumping Spider

5654   I thought this was a jumping spider, though it never jumped, but then I was told it was a brown recluse. I noticed there are no brown recluses on your site, so it thought if this is one, it might be a good addition to your list. The spider came around the open window […]

Sex Pheromones: Birth Control for Moths

A new moth pest control program lures male moths and covers them in artificial pheromone perfume, which leads female ones to lose interest in breeding. Clothes moths damage both clothing items and furniture, particularly during mild and wet winters. Sexually confusing moths has emerged as a way to force the pests out of the closet. […]

Larder Beetle

5653 Hi,  I’m from Ottawa, ON. I keep finding these in our house. Maybe a beetle? They’re pretty small (no bigger then 5mm?), black body with brown it.  Your assistance is appreciated,  Marc. This is a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), a cosmopolitan household pest. See http://tinyurl.com/go89o66 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; […]

Leaf Beetle

5652   This is an odd bug that I constantly find on the screen door and sliding door of my cabin on the water, in Osoyoos, BC. Canada’s only desert. I’m not sure where they come from, but they re-appear nearly as fast as I can kill or get rid of them, at all times of […]

Butterfly (Many Banded Daggerwing)

5651  The attached moth or butterfly visited my ship quarters while off the northern coast of Colombia. It stayed with me all night before flying off. The date was December 10, 2015. Identification will be appreciated. Howard. This looks like Marpesia chiron (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae), known as the many-banded daggerwing – see http://tinyurl.com/j67kw36 for images and […]

Black Vine Weevil

5650  Found most times in the bathroom once a week in March & now April. Last time found in the fridge. Some times relatively mild outside.  Fred Jones This looks like a black vine weevil, Otiorhynchus sulcatus, a broad-nosed /short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae); see http://tinyurl.com/jrj5oeh  for an image. These weevils often enter buildings […]

long-horned wood-boring beetle

5649  Hi there,  I have these bugs walking all over my front deck. Just wondering if I should be worried about a nest or about having them around.  I am in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC and it is mid-April. Thanks very much! Irene This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae); it looks like Hybodera tuberculata, a […]

Blister Beetle (Female)

5648  This beetle was found on a trail close to Salmon Arm on Shuswap Lake, in southern BC. It appeared to be attempting to dig itself into the ground when first spotted.  After being disturbed it moved quickly searching for cover of some kind.  It was about one inch long, not including the antlers.  It […]

Mayfly male

5647   Hi. I found this guy on my car. It was a warm day at the beginning of April in Gibsons, BC.   Thanks! This is a male mayfly (order Ephemeroptera); it may be a subimago, the stage that emerges from the nymphal exoskeleton and flies to a (hopefully) safe location where it sheds its ‘skin’ […]

Lady Beetles

5646     South of Indianapolis,  LOOKS LIKE LADY BUG BUT BODY IS ELONGATED. FOUND IN FLOWER GARDEN, March 2016  ML These are indeed lady beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae); specifically, they are Coleomegilla maculata, known as the spotted lady beetle – see http://tinyurl.com/glf33x3 for an image. I often see these in our vegetable garden.  

Larva (Rodent Bot fly)

#5475  This was found on my laundry room floor in Boulder Colorado just now.  It’s a little over an inch long, dark brown and ringed, with a yellowish “nose.”  It’s creeping very slowly.  What the heck is this? This is a mature larva/prepupa of a rodent bot fly (Diptera: Cuterebridae; Cuterebra sp.) – see  http://tinyurl.com/naggfdc […]

Weevil

5645 My name is Charlotte. This bug was found in Vanderhoof British Columbia.  I found this bug in my bathroom where swallows have gotten in and built a nest in the fan ducting above. They might be gone now as I can’t hear them. This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae); it looks like a member […]

Rats in trailer

Hello Larry,   Can you attempt an ID for me, please?  I live in a rural, wooded are of PEI. There are farm fields nearby. There are no derelict buildings, garbage dumps, or refuse/compost piles anywhere. I have a new shed, which is clean and used for storage, and a Boler trailer.   There were two nests […]

Larva of Dermestidae Beetle

5644   hi there we have found a bug on our wall and just a day or two before we have found this bug we have been getting some sorts of hives on our skin like mosquitoes  they itch once in a while. We saw a doctor and he didnt know what it was than today […]

Clothes moths problem

I been having holes in front of my sweaters on any kind of sweaters I don’t see any moth.   what to do thank you Moths do not chew holes but their larva do.   You should wash or dry clean all natural fiber clothing in the closet.  Clean the closet thoroughly.  Read the rest of our control […]

Cluster flies on ranch

We have a cluster fly infestation on our ranch near Williams Lake B.C. Is Dragnet FT EC the best insecticide to use? If not what would you recommend ? Regards, GWN Dragnet can only be purchased and applied by a licensed pest professional.   To eliminate cluster flies, your should first understand their life cycle.  They […]

Centipede control

How do I get rid of house centipedes without toxic effects or much money? Centipedes seldom need to be controlled unless they become a nuisance in the home. Centipedes are predators and generally play a beneficial role in the garden. Their activities should be encouraged in the yard. Reductions in the number of household centipedes […]

Squirrel control

How do you get rid of squirrels in the attic.  You must find and block off all entry points the squirrels are using to access the attic.  You should also place traps outside near the entry points to prevent them from chewing their way in again. You should also cut back any tree branches that touch or […]

Definitely not a bed bug

5643   Pls see photos attached. I live just outside of Vancouver ,in the Lower Mainland. The other day,  I found a dead bug in the corner of my son’s bed, in between the sheet and mattress cover.   It looks like it has been dead for some time. I am worried sick that  it is a bed […]

Leaf-footed bug nymphs

5642  I live in Edenglen, which is very near to Johannesburg, South Africa.  We are nearing the end of our summer season.  This was photographed yesterday.  I have a bush in my garden that is now has hundreds of these bugs (pic attached) all over it.  I have never seen them before and I am […]

Sphinx moth

5641 The attached was photographed off the west coast of Mexico in December 2015. Can you help with identification? Thanks, Howard This is a sphinx moth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae), but it has lost too many scales to be confident of a specific identification. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

folding-door trapdoor spider

5640   I live in Kelowna bc and I accidentally killed the one that’s all scrunched up. Then this other guy showed up and I’ve searched and searched for his species and can’t find it anywhere. He is about the size of my thumb. Thanks in advance. This looks like another folding-door trapdoor spider (family Antrodiaetidae); […]

Spider in bed

Hello I am looking for help. I have a festering wound and many symptoms similar to the reported symptoms of a hobo spider. Then a few days after the bite/infection started I found these two guys by my bed. Please tell me if these are hobo spiders. I’m sorry the photos are through plastic, I […]

folding-door trapdoor spider

5638    Hi there,   My name is Jake and this photo was taken on April 3, 2016 in Cowichan Bay, BC – on the east coast of Vancouver Island. This spider was approximately an inch long. I uncovered it while weeding a flower bed. It was very docile and I could see a pulsing movement through a […]

Camel Cricket

5637 My name is Michael.  I live in Long Island New York. I Have many of these bugs in my house.  They started appearing in September 2015. They jump really high.  They are about one inch long.  Help..What is it and how do I get rid of them. This is a camel/cave cricket (Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae).  These […]