Entries by Pest Control Canada

Common orb weaving spider

5792   My nabour has this one in her garden. She is wanting to know the name of it pls. This is Argiope aurantia, an extremely common, widespread and harmless (to humans) orb weaving spider. See http://tinyurl.com/hzr5jab for much more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.    

Reproductive winged ant

5790  Hi,   My name is Leslie and we live in Calgary.  We noticed hundreds of these flying insects (both large as in the picture and many very tiny ones as well) around a large window on our stair landing and then found hundreds more along the base of one wall in an unfinished part of our basement.  […]

cockroach nymphs

5789  We are trying to identify the attached insects.  My location is Albuquerque, NM.  They are very small, between 4-5 mm (~3/16ths of an inch), end to end, not including antennae.  We are concerned these could be immature roaches, but we have lived here ten years and have never had them.  We have not seen any […]

white-margined burrower bug nymph

5788   Hi, this is Lili from Moncton New Brunswick. Found these bugs around outdoor plants in early September.  They are very small, with black head, red body with stripes. And they appear in groups. There are some little red things around them, not sure whether those are eggs or babies. Please help, thanks!  Lili This appears to […]

Tussock moth caterpillar

5787   Hi.   This was found in Prince Edward Island (Sept 2016).  It is about 2” long +- and found on the grass by our propane tank. The 4 things on its back seemed to be soft and looked like the ends of paint brushes.  Any Idea of what type of caterpillar this is?  Thanks,  Derek This […]

Crane fly

5786   My name is Nolen.  I live in Delta, BC and it’s late summer. What is this thing I killed?  Thanks,  Nolen This is a crane fly.   The adults are a nuisance but considered harmless.  The species common in the pacific northwest are a serious problem because the larvae,  also known as leather jackets, feed […]

Reproductive termites

5785   From Al, BC coast, Canada.  Any idea what these are? quite a few around today in our house (September 3rd) never seen them before.  Many thanks This is a pair (male pursuing female) of reproductive termites. They often form pairs like this after emerging from their colony and shedding their wings. After mating, the female will […]

Orb weaving spider

5783   Hi there, Just wondering if you can id this spider for me. I took this photo this afternoon in a mosquito net under an apple tree nearby. I’m in Grantville, Cape Breton. It appears to have a small web in the net’s peak. It’s about 3 cm long tail to tip.  Thanks.  Adam This is a male […]

Sphinx Moth caterpillar

5782    This  Caterpillar was in Regina SASK Canada in AUG.  2016     Thanks  Conrad This is a fully grown caterpillar of a sphinx moth (Lepidoptera; Sphingidae); likely an Achemon sphinx, Eumorpha achemon. See http://tinyurl.com/znasbkt for images and details on its life history. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Zika threat in Florida fountain.

4598  I have a garden water fountain which I want to clean to prevent ZIKA bug from making it their home (if it comes this far north) . What can I use to clean it? are there professionals in the Stuart, FL area who perform this task? Mosquitoes do not lay eggs in moving water.  […]

broad-nose/short-snouted weevil

5781  This bug was found inside our hotel room in Vernon BC. It is the third we have found in the bedroom. Like Nos. 5779 and 5774, this is yet another broad-nose/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks […]

Pelecinus polyturator

5780   I have been seeing this bug recently here in Saint John NB in my back yard. The bug is smaller then the photo makes it out to be. The body of the bug is about a cm and the tail would be about 4-5 inches. It also flies. Please let me know if you […]

Diazinon replacement

4597  What is the best insecticide that replaced diazinon? There are a number of pesticides on the market that could replace Diazinon but each one is registered for specific control of pests listed on the label. What pest do you want to control?  These products present a lower health risk than Diazinon when used as […]

4596. Gas used to kill bed bugs?

4596  I was treated 3 times. 7 days apart for bed bugs. They advised me that they used gas. I’m clueless as to what the gas they used is called. I simply want a name of this gas. Is that possible? Thanks! We assume that you mean that a gas was used to fumigate. Fumigation is […]

broad-nose/short-snouted weevil

5779   Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. We are finding numerous bugs in our house (15-20 a day) … we would like to know if this is a pest and what steps we should take. Please see attached photo. additional info: very slow moving. 7-8mm long… , stop moving for a long time when we disturb them, VERY hard shell, […]

Cat-face orb weaver

5778   It’s almost 2 inches big. It’s living between the windows (outside and inside) of townhouse in Edmonton. Photo taken mid August of this year. Please, please can you respond. Need to know if something to worry about, as there is a 1 year old baby as well 2 dogs. Thank you.  Dave H. Nothing […]

Funnel Weaver spider lair

5777  Walking in the forest here in French River Ontario,  I came across a bunch of weird looking webs that I had never seen before.  I didn’t see any spider although i did look as close as I dared to.  lol  I have attached a few pictures of the tree with the webs.  I would […]

Mormon cricket

5776 About 2.5 inches long, on a path in the community forest. What is this thing? This is a shield-backed katydid, such as a Mormon cricket, Anabrus simplex (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae); see http://tinyurl.com/z88v86s for an image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Wood Rat

Caught on my small mousetrap in my back yard in Pleasantiew  Edmonton This looks like a young wood rat.  For more photos and information see:  http://pestcontrolcanada.com/wildlife-control/wood-rat-pack-rat  

Wasp or fly larvae

5775  These larval sacks were protected in some fine insulating substance just like wool. Found them in a junction box on a wall outside.  (It even smelled like lambs wool.)  There were about ten of these brown, slightly crispy-shelled sacks.  Only one sack contained a set of 30 or so active larvae, the rest were nearly […]

broad-nose/short-snouted weevil

5774     Hello,  We seem to finding more and more of these critters in our house near Calgary.  They started in one area in the basement and in an area in the garage but they are becoming more prevalent and found in other areas of the house.  They are only a couple of mm long and […]

Reproductive male ants

 5773  Please identify. Osgoode,   Ontario,  taken at dusk.  Bruce and Terri   These appear to be male winged ants. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV. There is not enough visible detail to determine the species.

long-horned wood-boring beetle

5772   Hello.  I found this guy in a 5th wheel in Slave Lake AB.  He had hitched a ride from somewhere either there in the vicinity or in the Rocky Mountain House and Jasper areas. He was big for an insect, I thought, about an inch long….   I caught him in a plastic glass and put […]

Sink bug nymph

5771  Any idea what this bug is?  I found it on a leaf in my garden on August 6th, 2016, Mississauga, Ontario.  Regards,  Mike C This is a nymph of a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae); possibly in the genus Podisus  – see http://tinyurl.com/gmmc6p4 for an example. Bugs in this genus are called soldier bugs; they […]

thread-waisted wasp

5770  Can you Please adv8ise what this is, photo taken in my sons backyard this evening , Aug 15, 2016, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada?  Thank You  Christine It’s a thread-waisted wasp (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae) in the subfamily Ammophilinae; it looks like Eremnophila aureonotata . These are caterpillar hunters – see http://tinyurl.com/hex5o5a for some images. Ed Saugstad, retired […]

banded Argiope spider

5769  Hello. This is in my garden. I would really like to know what it is!! I am terrified of them but I find this one intriguing. In the past 7 days its doubled in size. Hope you can help!!  Erin This is Argiope trifasciata, an orb weaver known as the banded Argiope. It is […]


5768  The attached photo was taken in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota in August, on the bark of a birch tree. It appears to be a tight cluster of fifty or sixty black 1/4″ six-legged insects(?), being “herded” (so it appears) by six or eight large black ants moving around the perimeter of the cluster. […]

Bald-faced hornets

5767  Hi my name is Diana and I live in Tecumseh Ontario and it is mid August. I have a Manitoba maple infestation of wasp like bugs that fly and sting. They are burrowing in the trunk of the tree.  There is no visible nest near them, yet they are swarming and burrowing into the […]

Bed Bug

5766  Beside the tweezers. Found in the corner of drywall. Summertime in Oshawa Ontario.  Jen Unfortunately, this is a bed bug. See http://tinyurl.com/hwz5tea elsewhere on this site for more information and control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.  

Get rid of ticks

4595  When I was out hiking and came back to my house I brought in ticks. How do I get them out of my house? Make sure your pets do not have ticks and keep them away from outdoor potential tick infested areas. Consider bathing pets with a flea and tick shampoo. Vacuum 100% of […]

Mud dauber wasp

5765  Can you tell me what this is and is it dangerous? This is a thread-wasted wasp (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae), it appears to be Sceliphron caementarium , known as the black-and-yellow mud dauber. They are  of danger only to the spiders that they capture, sting, and paralyze as provisions for their larvae. See http://tinyurl.com/gpubxfa for much […]

Get rid of moles in garden

4594  Why do I get moles in my garden beds and how can I get rid of them? what are they seeking in the garden? Moles eat a wide range of soil inhabiting soft-bodied creatures including some pests but they also consume large numbers of earthworms that are common in most gardens. Getting rid of […]