Entries by Pest Control Canada

Wood boring beetle larva

6170  Hello & please help Identify the attached larva;  The hole in the oak floor is where the larva was found. White powder sawdust was removed with an air blast and the larva was coaxed out by injecting wasp foam spray into the bore hole about 3-1/4” long. The home is located between Brantford and […]

Poison to kill raccoons

Hi I had a question about pesticides available for farmers. We have a land in Northern Ontario and was wondering if Cyanide or other strong poisons can be available to farmers to get rid of some raccoons in our land. Thank you for your time. Kian. Poisoning wildlife is a dangerous control method that is […]

Pest Control Service Technician – Servicing Calgary area

613   Nov.14/17   Peregrine General Pest Control Inc.  We are  seeking a highly energetic and motivated individual to join our team. We provide pest control services for residential clients, bird and wildlife control, and commercial clients. Job description: The primary role for this position will be to provide pest control service to commercial and residential clients. This […]

How to get rid of clothes moths

4642 Hi, this is Michelle from just north of Grande Prairie, Alberta. We have been fighting these moths from late September and on. There are holes in clothes (including the kids’ clothes) and I have found larva on knit socks and in balls of wool yarn.  The larva are brown with little hairs coming out […]

Yellow mealworm beetle pupa

6169   This 6 legged insect may have entered my house on a jacket  that was left outside overnight.  Two days ago it seemed lifeless after my cat discovered it, soft, moist and pale like shrimp but now it’s segments are dry and more solid… then it wiggled when handled for the photo so perhaps I’ll […]

western conifer seed bug

6168     Found inside and out, mainly spring and fall.  They all look to be of same size and colouring.  Property near tidal water.  Thanks,  Mark. This is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae). These often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. See https://tinyurl.com/ybmonu3 for detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, […]

ant-like flower beetle

6167  This specimen was caught in a bug trap (baited with black and varied carpet beetle pheromone and a food pellet), placed in a carpeted lunchroom near a wall and a radiator. We collected this specimen on October 23, 2017 (specimen was likely caught in trap within the last week). Our geographical location is Burlington Ontario.  Thanks,  […]

saw-toothed grain beetles

6165  Can you please identify the insects in these photos. They have infested my kitchen and I would like to know how to be rid of them. Thanks. These appear to be saw-toothed grain beetles, Oryzaephilus surinamensis (Coleoptera: Silvanidae). These beetles and their close cousins merchant grain beetles (O. mercator) are cosmopolitan pests of dry stored […]

click beetle

6164   Found this live bug this morning (5:30am) on my bathroom mat, I am location in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.  Legs would tuck in when prodded, then after few seconds get up and move.  Moves pretty quickly.  Size is approx 4mm from tip of head (not antennae) to backend.  The weather is just starting to here […]

Experienced Technician wanted GTA

612.  October 25/17 Job Requirements: – experienced and licensed – More training provided.   Good driving record – Good command of English language (Written & Oral) – Knowledge of GTA streets – Good customer service – Able to work well with others – Able to work Saturdays – Clean and neat appearance – Able to take direction – […]

red-cross shield bug

6163    This was on the roof inside our holiday trailer on August 28, 2017.  It was about 5/8” in length and 3/8” wide.  When my husband picked it off the ceiling he said it wouldn’t “squish” in between his fingers because the body was hard.  We were camping at Tunnel Mountain Campground, in Banff, Alberta.  Neither […]

oil beetle, a type of blister beetle

6162   Hi.  This beetle was found in field behind my house on a sunny day during mid-October.  I live in Port Elgin, Ontario.  I don’t remember ever seeing this beetle before and didn’t see it on your website.  The beetle is fairly large at around 3.5 cm long.   My son has suggested that it may be […]

brown prionid

6161   Please help with ID of this guy. My son found him already dead. It looks like a borer of some kind but I cannot find it online anywhere.  We live on the edge of a wooded area, and just received a load of wood from a local source in the last 2 weeks.  Thanks, […]

Get rid of boxelder bugs

4641  How do you get rid of Boxelder bugs? How much would it cost to get rid of them? HELP!! Boxelder bugs can be a real nuisance but fortunately they are harmless to humans and cause no damage to structures. Getting rid of them can be almost impossible unless the host boxelder tree is removed.  […]

house centipede

6160   Location: Valleyfield, Quebec, Canada.  Place fund: book store, build on a concrete slab.  We had the insects showed in post 5612.  But they evolve into this and they still move really fast.   They now measure about 5cm long and when they flee they’re about 2cm tall.   We would like to know what are those bugs […]

robber flies

6159     What is this??   mating strange pair!  Holly These are robber flies (Diptera: Asilidae); likely in the genus Promachus – see https://tinyurl.com/yddn9x4h for an example. Robber flies are ambush predators that simply wait until a potential meal flies/wanders into striking distance. They then fly out, nab their victim, and bring it back to their perch […]

German cockroach

6158  This has been found in a townhouse unit multiple have been present they have antennas and are a winged species but not recognized to fly, medium brown in color resemble a grasshopper in the legs, it has travelled through ventilation to other units as well, any suggestive information to identify would be greatly appreciated.  […]

eye-spotted lady beetle

6157   Hi. I am in Paradise, NL. I found this crawling  on my siding. Way bigger than a ladybug. This is an eye-spotted lady beetle, Anatis mali (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae); see https://tinyurl.com/y8mfo6r9 for an image. Lady beetles in the genus Anatis are among the largest found in North America; I recall being very impressed by the ones […]

Assassin bug nymph

6156  Hello I just killed this bug in our child’s room in Toronto, Please note the little spots on the back. Please help! Richard  This is a nymph of Reduvius personatus, an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as a masked hunter. This is an introduced species likely of European origin that is frequently found indoors where it feeds […]

Australian cockroach nymph

6155 I found this in a drawer in our house in Halifax Nova Scotia. Can you please identify and tell me if I need to be concerned. Thanks.  Ray This appears to be a nymph of an Australian cockroach, Periplaneta australasiae (Blattodea: Blattidae), a peridomestic species found in many areas of eastern North America. See https://tinyurl.com/h3nd9z8 elsewhere […]

click beetle

6154  Hello,  Found this 5mm long insect (photos attached) indoors in Southern Ontario this month (Oct)   Any idea what it is?  Adam This is a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae), possibly in the genus Aeolus – see https://tinyurl.com/y8lo5jr7 for an example. Just an accidental intruder, it will do no harm.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV. […]

Boxelder bugs

Hello, Could you tell me what these are and if they are something I need to be worried about. Sam 6153  These are boxelder bugs. In the fall they may crawl into cracks and cavities around a home seeking shelter from winter. They are a nuisance but not harmful. For more information see: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/box-elder-bugs  

Cluster fly pesticides

Can I bring Lamdastar ultra cap9.7 and / or Cypermethrin in from the US to spray these cluster flies with that have taken over my mobile home I use for a hunt camp and getaway.I am in Ontario close to US border so would just drive down and pick up if it is legal to […]

male drumming katydid

6152    Hi,   I’m curious if you might be able to identify this insect. The picture was taken late August 2017 in the Vancouver, BC Canada area. The insect seemed to have sticky pads of some type on it’s “feet”, as it wouldn’t easily come loose when the cup was repeatedly shaken/banged outside, until it flung […]

eastern giant crane fly

6151   Cindy from Val Caron, Ontario, Canada.  Photo taken October 7th 2017. This is an eastern giant crane fly, Pedicia albivitta (Diptera: Tipulidae), see https://tinyurl.com/yaap923k for an image. They are completely harmless.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

4640 Carpenter ants in condominium

4640  Good day!   I live in a condominium building partly covered with wood. A very knowledgeable handyman came to fix the bottom framework of one window because it was cracked. We discovered the problem of big black ants eating the wood under my window. For a whole day, we sprayed with ant killer foam Ant […]

banded tussock moth caterpillar

6150   I found this caterpillar in Weldon Park in London, Ontario a week ago (late September). Is it a banded tussock? I’m curious to know what the white things are on it’s back.  Kelly This does appear to be a banded tussock moth caterpillar (Halysidota tessellaris; Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae). The white objects are the cocoons spun […]

Black vine weevil

I am from Toronto, I found this thing walking around my bedroom. It is about one cm.  6149  This is a short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae), likely a black vine weevil (Otiorhynchus sulcatus).  Adults will occasionally invade homes but they cause no harm there. See http://tinyurl.com/monvaej for detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, […]

Bed Bugs are attracted to dirty laundry

Keeping dirty laundry in the bedroom allows bed bugs to thrive because they are attracted to soiled clothing. A study by the University of Sheffield has shown that the insects are drawn to dirty laundry, which could be their method of “hitchhiking” between countries. The parasites are a headache for hotel owners because infestations are […]

caterpillar of a swallowtail butterfly

I came home from work today to find this little guy crawling on the side of our house! Any idea what it is?  Thanks Dave This is a caterpillar of a swallowtail butterfly (Lepidoptera: Paplionidae) in the genus Papilio; see https://tinyurl.com/y7c8pns8 for an example. These caterpillars often change from green to brown as they get […]

Ontario Structural exterminator

Oct. 13/17   Flagship Pest Solutions Inc., is seeking enthusiastic, self-motivating individuals to fill positions of pest control technician in its rapidly expanding operations. The position is full time. Qualified candidates should possess:-Ontario Structural exterminator license -Full G drivers’ license with a clean driving abstract -Proficiency in both written and spoken English. Email your résumé to: […]