Entries by Pest Control Canada

reddish-brown stag beetle

6028  Hi,  This is Tiina from Toronto, Ontario. Saw these bugs on the sidewalk in the early evening. They were coming up from the ground in adjacent garden near the base of a tree. They are huge! Shiny, black with menacing looking pincers. What are they?  Tina This is a stag beetle (Coleoptera: Lucanidae); likely a […]

minute brown scavenger beetle

6027   My name is Trevor. I live in Edmonton Alberta. We started noticing these bugs primarily on the floors of our two second floor bathrooms in our house which are on opposite sides of the second floor. They also frequent window sills in the bathrooms and the bedrooms adjacent to them. We don’t notice them […]

black vine weevil. another short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil

6026  Hi my name is Kaitlyn and I live in Calgary AB. I’m finding these hard shelled black/grey beetles all over my basement apartment. They aren’t coming from one spot because I’m finding them in every room. This is another short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae), the black vine weevil, Otiorhynchus sulcatus (see https://tinyurl.com/pfjs654), is one […]

short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil

6025  I have found a few of these inside my home and outside as well. What is it? They have just come out in may. I have a dog so he may be bringing them inside.  Thank you!  Vanessa This is a short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae), but the image is not clear enough for […]

crane fly

6024  What is this bug? Found Northern Ontario.  Thank you!  Stephanie This is a crane fly (Diptera: Tipulidae) in the genus Tanyptera (formerly Ctenophora); see https://tinyurl.com/y9npojm5 for an image. Their larvae are found in decaying wood.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Best Pesticide for bed bugs?

Hi, I found couple of bed bugs recently and would like to know the recommended pesticides from pest control. Thanks, Laxmi. Just spraying pesticides is not the solution.  Read the suggestions for proper control that we have published on this web page:  http://pestcontrolcanada.com/how-to-get-rid-of-bed-bugs.  

stink bug

6023   Hi there, This is my first time to saw such unique insect walking on the corridor outside of a furniture store. Country: Malaysia.  Michelle This is a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), but I cannot place a specific name on it at present. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.  

Marmots on pool deck

Hi there: We have moved into a new house and have just discovered that we have a serious marmot problem. We have seen them in our yard and not been concerned, but now we have discovered that our lower deck – and it is a large one surrounding a pool – is absolutely covered in […]

twice-stabbed stink bug

6022    This was found on a compact cranberry bush in Saskatchewan. It is the size of a lady bug.  Friend or foe? This is a twice-stabbed stink bug, Cosmopepla lintneriana (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae); see https://tinyurl.com/y9ybqct7 for an image and more information. They feed primarily on seeds, and usually are not considered serious pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; […]

Firefly larva

6021   Marge from New Brunswick; this was on the step … what is it? This appears to be a larva of a firefly (Coleoptera: Lampyridae), see https://tinyurl.com/y7rrweg4 for an example. These are general predators on other small arthropods as well as snails, etc. The larvae of some net-winged beetles (Coleoptera: Lycidae) also can be similar in […]


6020   Hi my name is Tammy from Midland Ontario Canada. Just found this in my house…is it a tick? If no what is it? Thank you for your help. This is not an insect, but is an arachnid called a pseudoscorpion. They are general predators on other small arthropods and completely harmless to humans. See http://tinyurl.com/ox8sx4o […]

Click Beetle

6019    In Welland, Ontario Niagara region, found by our cat.‎ In upstairs rug. We were working outside the day before.   Elizabeth This is a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae); a harmless accidental intruder. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

spider beetle

6018   I found this bug between my bed sheets after having moved some sweaters onto my bed that were in the kitchen. I live in Montreal, Quebec. We have spring weather right now. The bug seems to have antennae that it uses to feel its environment and walks almost robotically, so I looked up different beetles […]

male elm sawfly

6017  This insect was found in my yard.  4th June 2017.  It was large, the size of a Canadian loony with wings extended.  Location Saskatoon.  Weather conditions hot and dry.   Can you identify it please.   Thank you.  Bill.  This looks like a male elm sawfly, Cimbex americana (Hymenoptera Cimbicidae), see https://tinyurl.com/y8tvlk5d for an image. Their larvae […]

Bed bugs in bathroom

6016   I live in the north Okanagan in British Columbia and have found several of these in my bathroom (over the past few weeks) where my dog likes to lay on the cool lino floor as it is May/June and quite hot here.  This bug is about ¼ inch long.   I am hoping it is not […]


6015    Hello there! This guy was found today inside an apartment in Fort McMurray, Alberta. It was posted on one of the local Facebook groups and has drawn a lot of attention as to what it is. I was hoping you could help us put the mystery to rest. To me it looks like a […]

rove beetles

6014    These have shown up in a basement laundry room. We’ve put out some sticky traps which is where they are showing up. We seem to rarely see live bugs, the ones we see are already dead.  Can you help us identify this?   Regards,    Derek.  St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada Like No. 6007, these are rove beetles […]

leaf beetles

6013    Hi my name is Sydney and we are currently at South Bay, Turtle Lake, Saskatchewan and we have been here for a few days and noticed a lot of reeds washed up on the beach. It’s May long so the beach is always a mess from the melted ice but there are excess reeds. […]

ground beetle

6012  Hello there,  Please help me identify the bugs shown on the attached pictures. They are about 5 mm in length.  My name is John and I live in North York (Toronto) in a townhouse complex where there are more than 300 units. To my knowledge only my next door neighbour and I got our […]

reproductive caste termite

6011   Many of these were noticed in the bedroom of a beach house rental today, located in Galveston, Texas. Any ideas of what this could be?  Tommy This is a reproductive caste termite that has shed its wings. The management of the property should be notified so that they may take appropriate control actions; see https://tinyurl.com/y9xflnfc […]

nymph of a cicada

6010   This was found in Armstrong BC Canada. There was another one found that looks like it was shedding it skin.    Shannon This most likely is a nymph of a cicada (Hemiptera/ Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae); these spend up to 17 years (depending on the species) underground feeding on the sap from tree roots, before emerging and […]

bumble bee or a carpenter bee

6009  This bug has been flying around outside my bedroom window for three days now. I just want to know if it’s dangerous or not. This is either a bumble bee or a carpenter bee; as it has been sprayed with some substance, I cannot be certain which it is. Also, I believe that this image […]

Future queen carpenter ant

6008  Hello we live in Shawnigan Lake BC on Vancouver Island and have been seeing these black ants outside and inside our home over the past few days.  How do we get rid of them is it possible to do this on our own? Are these carpenter ants should we be concerned if we leave […]

sales/ service Technician GTA

596  June 1/17    Pestend Pest Control is advertising for a full time sales/ service Technician position.The primary role of this position is to provide pest control service to commercial and residential clients. The successful candidate must have valid drivers license with clear record, structural exterminators License. We have offer competitive salary plus commission package, along […]

rove beetle

6007   Hello,  My name is Alyson. This little guy was on my neck when I felt something on me. It is 3 or 4 cm. I’ll send a picture of the chair with a ruler so you can check that if necessary.  I’m in Alberta near Edmonton. It was a hot day and I was sitting […]

Experienced Wildlife and Pest Control Technician (Hamilton)

595   Currently seeking an experienced Wildlife and Pest Control Technician. Must have up-to-date licence Must have valid “G” licence.  Must have knowledge of Wildlife and Pest Control. Must be comfortable with heights and confined spaces.  Must be available from 8am to 9pm and on call. Please send resume to allcornerspestcontrol@gmail.com

Burrowing bug

6006   Found dead in my bathroom in Toronto. About the size of a small apple seed. Any ideas? Thanks. This looks like a burrowing bug, Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cydnidae); see https://tinyurl.com/omrgrbb for an example. These can be nuisance pests when they occur in large numbers, but they do no real harm. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Landlord won’t deal with Bed bugs

4630   My son had to move from one apartment to another. He bought a used couch  and checked it out real good before bringing it to his old place. They had it for two months. all was good. We move him to his new apartment. He had to clean it before he moved in. after […]

short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil

6005  It was on the side of my house on May 23rd 2017 in Surrey BC Canada.  Weather, damp, then hot.  Tami This is a short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae), but the image is not clear enough for a more specific identification. The adults basically are nuisance pests that cause no serious harm, but their […]

Biting midge larvae

6004    Found on rope attached to a dock. Six Mile Lake, Port Severn Ontario. May 21, 2017. I cannot be certain, but these might be larvae of biting midges in the family Ceratopogonidae – see https://tinyurl.com/ybpw4oal for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Bed Bug

6003  smaller than apple seed.. may 24weekend rural Ontario in an RV..   Thanks in advance.  Brian.  This is a bed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cimicidae), but the image is not clear enough to determine whether it is a human bed bug or a closely related species such as a bat bug. See https://tinyurl.com/zawv29f for a very detailed article […]

American carrion beetle

6002  I have never seen this beetle here before. Found it on top of my backyard gate post in Ottawa, Ontario in mid May. This is an American carrion beetle, Necrophila americana (Coleoptera: Silphidae). See https://tinyurl.com/k4u7p3y for images and additional information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

cecropia moth caterpillar

6001    Hi.  This picture was taken on a friend’s farm near Endeavour, Saskatchewan almost 10 years ago. At the time nobody could identify it.   It was found in a recently planted sea buckthorn windbreak row. Never saw one before or since. This guy was kept by the children and fed sea buckthorn leaves until he […]