Entries by Pest Control Canada

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: […]

rodent bot fly

6148    Found in interior BC near Nelson in August.  Approximately 1.25 inches long (large).  Unable to identify.  Lauren  This is a rodent bot fly (Diptera: Oestridae; Cuterebra sp.). Their larvae develop under the skin of several species of rodents; the adult flies lack functional mouthparts and are harmless. See https://tinyurl.com/ybftn3ff for more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired […]

golden buprestid beetle

6147   I’m from Parksville, B.C. I found this dead bug burrowed in my carport wood beam also when removing a rotted piece from a beam I found a larvae. Here I thought termites were my biggest problem. I had already squirted some termidor poison in all the visible holes, I also removed a sunflower seed […]

larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius

6146   This is some kind of beetle, but I’ve never seen it before. Found indoors in Saskatchewan today (Oct. 3). The photo is taken on the dining table, so please excuse the grainy background.  Lisa  This is a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), a cosmopolitan pantry pest. See https://tinyurl.com/nw92wz  for more detailed information. Ed […]

brown marmorated stink bug

6145  We are finding the bug on our window. I have pleaded blinds in the front window and they are crawling I’m the pleats. They are half a inch or three quarters of a inch they have wings and are brown with a light stomach.  This is a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), […]

experienced Pest Control Technician

Sept. 27/17 Well Done Pest Control is looking for an experienced Pest Control Technician. We are seeking a long-term candidate to grow within our company and be apart of our team! Role Description: Inspecting buildings ( interior and exterior areas) Proper inspection of premises to identify infestation source and extent of damages Studying the reports […]

long-horned wood-boring beetle

6143  What is it, I found it hiding on my porch. This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in the subfamily Prioninae, it looks like Tragosoma depsarium; see http://tinyurl.com/y7g53rba for an image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.  

Slug, snail, chrysalis?

6142   I didn’t see anything else like this odd little thing on your site. It was found at Victoria Beach, Manitoba, in August (summer), outdoors on a nice day – 25-ish degrees Celsius. Thanks for looking at it – your site is great.  Ida I cannot tell for certain what this is – if it was […]

metallic wood-boring beetle

6141  My name is Diane. I am 10 years old. I found this insect:  Outside,  Sunny day,  July 21, 2017 (summer) Geography (Orleans / Ottawa area) very near the Ottawa river The insect looks a bit like bark off of a tree. Grey in colour. The insect from tail to head (not including the antennae) is […]

dog-day cicada

6140  Hello I’m hoping to identify this insect that was on our dock by the lake in Renfrew, ON. Taken late August. It was as large as the top of my thumb. This is a cicada, specifically one of the so-called dog-day cicadas in the genus Neotibicen – see http://tinyurl.com/y8ngs5m9 for an image. Ed Saugstad, retired […]

Japanese beetle

6139   We have found two of these bugs on our deck this summer. We live 60 miles west of Toronto.  I do a lot of gardening and suspect they like it.  The white spots along he lower body were interesting enough for me to ask what bug is this.  Thank you,  Alex This is a Japanese […]

Get rid of fleas.

What is the best way to get rid of fleas if no pets are in the home no more ? Vacuum, vacuum, vacuum thoroughly, daily for 2 weeks.   For more tips visit: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/fleas

Pest Control Technicians in London , Hamilton and Toronto area

E-Safe Pest Control has immediate openings for Full Time Pest Control Technicians in London , Hamilton and Toronto area. Structural Exterminator License, minimum one year experience and clean driving record is a must. E-Safe will offer excellent salary , company vehicle and a friendly working environment. Please apply by sending the resume to info@esafepestcontrol.ca

Halifax library closed twice after bed bug sightings

Halifax North Memorial Public Library has closed twice in the last week after staff discovered bed bugs on a piece of library furniture and on CDs and DVDs that had been returned.  The Gottingen Street library was closed for spraying last week and again on Thursday morning. Terry Gallagher, facilities director at Halifax Public Libraries said  “This is […]

Dog mite

6138  Hi! I’m hoping someone can help me identify this bug. I found a few on my bedding today, my dogs also sleep on the bed. They were tiny… not even a millimetre, the few I saw were reddish brown in colour. The attached is under 4x magnification.  thank you,  Juliana. Your photo is a […]