Entries by Pest Control Canada

Moth control

How do you kill moths in the house. Yvon. What kind of moths?  The most common moth pests in a home are clothes moths and Indian Meal Moths.  It is their larva that causes damage or contamination and they are treated differently. For control information See    Indian Meal Moths  and  clothes-moths

Springtails in new home

How can you get rid of springtails? We’ve been in a newly built home for a year and a half. We’ve never seen these bugs until the builder had to rip up the old hardwood and subfloors. They were out in the elements for so long, the subfloors(chipboard) were so swollen and warped. Could the […]

Strange fungus

5741  Hi there.  This “nest” is inside a cottage in Haliburton ontario, any idea what it could be?   Patti I have never seen anything quite like this before; it does not look like any insect or spider ‘nest’/egg sac or cocoon that I am familiar with. It is possible that it might be a fungal/fungus-like growth […]

Assassin bug

5740  IDENTIFY WHAT TYPE OF BUG THIS IS PLEASE AND THANK You. I was in Florida a few months back. Is it possible it might have came from the beach? Found it in my laundry room where all the scuba, beach items are kept. Please let me know ASAP Cheers! Debbie This is a nymph […]

Dirty Apartment building.

Our building has not been cleaned in over a month and there are dead moths flies spiders etc. all over the floors in the windows light fixtures etc. can there be health effects from this. Yes there could be a health risk.  Sorry.  We do not offer advice on landlord/tenant disputes.  You could contact your […]

Giant lichen orb weaver spider

5739   Hi there,  My name is Rebecca. I live in Hammonds Plains, NS. I found this spider on my back deck this morning. It’s a hot, sunny, feels like 27 degrees 8:30am. This is another orb weaving spider (family Araneidae) in the genus Araneus; likely Araneus bicentenarius, known as the giant lichen orb weaver – […]

Orb Weaving Spider

5738  Could you please identify this spider for me. I have quite a few lurking around. They hide during the day and are only on Web in the early evening and night. Seem harmless enough. Just want to make sure. I think this is his underside This is an orb weaving spider (family Araneidae) in the […]

Scarab beetle

5737   July 23 in Port Glasgow, Ontario About an inch long and flies, what is it?  Tammy This is a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the genus Osmoderma, likely Osmoderma eremicola, known as the hermit flower beetle or leather beetle; see http://tinyurl.com/c69hhjy for additional information on this fascinating insect that I first encountered some 60 years ago […]

Male Dobsonfly

5736  Bug for identification please. July 24, 2016. Brant County, Ontario. Lister. This is a male eastern dobsonfly Corydalus cornutus (Megaloptera: Corydalidae); Their long, forceps-like mandibles apparently are used primarily in courtship, they have little leverage and are incapable of inflicting more than a light pinch to humans skin. On the other hand, the much […]

Female Dobsonfly

5735 This photo was taken in Auburn, Ontario. My name is Jason O’Reilly. It landed on my kitchen window and stayed there all night and never moved an inch. This is a female eastern dobsonfly, Corydalus cornutus (Megaloptera: Corydalidae); their aquatic larvae are known as hellgrammites and often used as fish bait. See http://tinyurl.com/2ds89l5 for more […]

Insects in Kitchen

#  4586   Please help. I have tiny little insects in my kitchen cupboard. They are about 1-2mml in size and are black. I have disposed of all open foods and I have bleached the cupboards several times and used white vinegar. I have sealed all the joins and the chip board shelves (backs). They now […]

Flower longhorn beetle

5734   Good morning, my name is Pat, I found this little critter in a pail that had a bit of water on the bottom.  I live in Qualicum Beach BC, Vancouver Island on 2.5 acres surrounded by plenty of huge cedar, some white pine and fir trees.  The pail was on my deck.  Kind Regards,  […]

Caddisflies nymphs

5733  Found these at a lake in northern Saskatchewan. Wondering if they’re biting us!!   Jackson These are immatures (nymphs/naiads) of caddisflies (order Trichoptera). Case-building species such as your examples are either scavengers, feeding primarily on bits of decomposing organic matter, or herbivores, feeding on tender aquatic vegetation. They would not be biting you. See http://tinyurl.com/haaftbn […]

Asian Lily Beetle

5732   Please help me identify these bugs eating my plants.  My name is Maureen.  I live in Thunder Bay Ontario Canada.  The photo was taken today july 20th.  It has been a very wet summer – hot right now.  The bugs were found on my Lilly plant outside.  Thank you. Asian lily beetle. They will completely […]

New Brunswick green bug

5731     Hi my name is Kelly.  I took this picture in Noel, Nova Scotia.  I think this is some sort of beetle. I have never seen anything like this before.  Thanks. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Unknown bugs make the news in Fredericton, NB.  Can you identify the bugs described in this article?  Sean. http://globalnews.ca/news/2830945/mysterious-green-bugs-invade-new-brunswick-community/?sf31174804=1  These are broad-nosed/short-snouted weevils […]

Carrion beetle

5730   Hi, I found this little guy on my concrete patio. It is a about 1.25 inches in length when the head was up and tail not sort of curled like in the photo. The insect was alive when I took the photo and was playing dead. I do Live in Edmonton Alberta and have […]

March Fly

5729  There are thousands of these “flys” around my outside light and on my outside door at nighttime. Can you tell me what they are?  Bill This is a March fly (Diptera: Bibionidae). The adults are harmless nuisance pests, but the larvae of some species can damage plant roots – see http://tinyurl.com/zcq38lr for more detailed […]

Orb Weaver spider

5728  This spider was found on a outdoor deck at Christina Lake in southern B.C. on the 28th of June on a hot afternoon in the shade. It was aproximately 2 inches long. Thanks for help with I.D. Is it poisonous? We have babies and young children. Should we worry? – This is an orb […]

Daddy long legs

5727     Found in my hot tub.   Hope you know what it is.  Thanks.  Garry This appears to be a very dead (probably from drowning) arachnid in the order Opiliones. Commonly known as harvestmen or daddy long-legs, they are non-venomous and harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Tailed frog

5726   Found around Valemount, British Columbia on 7/8/2016.   Roberta This might be one of the so-called ‘tailed frogs’ in the genus Ascaphus. If so, it would have a short, stubby tail between its hind legs (cannot tell for certain from your image). See http://tinyurl.com/jgvaset for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

long-horned wood-boring beetle

5725  Found around Valemount, British Columbia on 7/8/2016.   Roberta This might be a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), but I cannot be certain because of the angle at which the photo was taken and not knowing its approximate size. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.


5724  Found this while I was on my bed. I think it pinched my finger when I was brushing it off my pants… Just wondering what it is. I am in Saskatchewan Canada. Thanks ! Paulina This is an arachnid called a pseudoscorpion. They are general predators on other small arthropods and completely harmless to […]

Assassin bug (the masked hunter)

5723  From Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  My husband found this bug in our kitchen near one of our windows. It was end of June. Wondering if it is an Assassin bug/kissing bug and if i need to worry about possible infestation or parasites? Only seen this one so far.  Andrea This is indeed an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: […]

Click Beetle

5722   Hello,  Found about 5 in the last week.  Always in kitchen. Started seeing them in mid June. In Montreal, Quebec. About 1cm in length. Don’t remember seeing any during the winter. Seem to see more of them in the house when it’s warm and humid outdoors (we usually have the a/c on pretty high)  Thank […]

Ground spider

5721   Vernon, B.C. July 2nd. I walked into my bathroom at night and flicked on the light. I caught this thing running hurriedly back and forth scroll the medicine cabinet shelf. I think it was startled by the light. After a couple passes, I watched it wiggle it’s spinners from side to side and descend […]

Dragonfly nymph

5720  My mother took this picture at her cottage in Porter’s Lake NS Canada.  My mother said that the dragon fly was eating this other bug (brown one) she was wondering what kind of bug it is. This is a nymph and newly emerged adult Hagenius brevistylus (Odonata: Gomphidae), a dragonfly known as the dragonhunter, […]

Signal Fly

5719  This was taken July 4th in Embrun Ontario. They are found near the pool area and measure around 4 mm. They also bite and leaves a bump around 2mm. Can you tell me what they are? Terry This does not look like any species of biting fly found in your area. It looks more like […]

Ermine moth

5718  My name is Aaron, I just moved into a house in caledon Ontario. I have these little white insects with black spots making webs all over several of the bushes around my property. The bushes don’t look dead yet, but they look like they are being consumed by the nests of these bugs. I […]

sunflower moth caterpillar

I live in San Diego, CA  & have been finding these guys in & outside of my home. I’ve also been seeing a bunch of moths in the pantry & would rather not have these guys in the house at least. My name is Raid & they started appearing mid June. Thanks for any info […]

Carrion beetle

5716  My name is Rebecca, I live in Barrie Ontario. My son loves catching and collecting bugs. He found this one in our back yard. I’ve looked it up on line and the closes I can find to it is a wasp Beatle. But the information I’m getting is they are almost extinct and are […]

red-banded leafhopper.

5715 Hamilton Ontario,   June 26th 2016,   30° Celsius I was outside and it felt as of something bit me on the back of my leg. Thinking it was a mosquito I smacked it and instead it was this colourful bug that I was unable to identify. I took the photo after smacking the bug off […]

Western poplar clearwing moth

5714  Photo taken June 25, 2016 in Williams Lake, BC. Thanks for your help in identifying. Debbie. These are moths in the family Sesiidae; they look like Paranthrene robiniae, known as the western poplar clearwing moth; see http://tinyurl.com/zfrwrfd for some images. Their caterpillars tunnel in the wood of poplars and willows as well as ornamental birches, often […]

Rose chafer

5713   My name is Carley, I live in Nanaimo, BC it is mid-June and I noticed this egg cluster in my garden. It started to hatch three or four days ago, one picture is of the hatched eggs, the other is of the little bugs. Hopefully they are clear enough pictures to identify what has […]