Entries by Pest Control Canada

Elm Seed bugs

6072  Hello,   My name is Rachel. My husband and I recently moved to Vernon, BC. It’s July and we have noticed an abundance of these bugs on the outside of our house (photo attached), crawling around the edges of our windows and around the porch overhang and wooden garage door. They do seem to smell […]

wharf borer

6071   Hi, Found this in our work kitchen in Toronto just yesterday (in July).  Curious what you think it is.  Tanbark borer? Nico Although this superficially resembles a tanbark borer, it actually is a wharf borer, Narcerdes melanura (Coleoptera: Oedemeridae). See https://tinyurl.com/obonjsx for an image and more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, […]

caterpillars of Abbott’s sphinx moth

6070  Hi.  Ann in Winnipeg it’s July 11.2017.   Found these two guys in my yard?    What are they?? These are caterpillars of Abbott’s sphinx moth, Sphecodina abbottii (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae); see https://tinyurl.com/y9glgn73 for more detailed information. The one on the left had been parasitized by a wasp in the family Braconidae; after the wasp larvae finish growing, […]

June Bugs

6069  Hi there, my name is Mark from Halifax, Nova Scotia.  While I am very familiar with June Bugs, these flying beetles are a mystery.  They resemble a mini June bug (about half the size) and usually start swarming at dusk in humid temps. I live in a 6th story penthouse apartment, and it is July, […]

Pesticide abuse

6068  Can someone please help me and tell me what these are, and if I have a big problem… I just moved into a new place in Calgary Alberta. My name’s Meagan. These bugs are dead, but maybe because I sprayed the WHOLE place with raid, including that spot the picture is at… They seem to […]

clear-winged sphinx moth

6067  Hi.   My friend took this in Gander, NL in his garden. This is a clear-winged sphinx moth in the genus Hemaris, likely H. thysbe, a very widespread species known as the hummingbird clearwing. See https://tinyurl.com/3ufbql4 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Boxelder bug nymphs

6066  Could you tell me what this is please. They are on the leaves and there are hundreds of them.  I live in Woodstock Ontario and this was taken this afternoon. Thanks. Linda These are nymphs of a boxelder bug, likely eastern boxelder bugs, Boisea trivittata; (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhopalidae). These can be nuisance pests when they […]


6065   Photo of a beetle I saw outside my house. At first I thought it was a German cockroach but it didn’t have the dorsal stripe I expected to see. Located north of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  Thanks!   Jamie This is a cockroach in the genus Ectobius, a relatively recent introduction to North America from the Mediterranean […]

Short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil

6064    Hi , we keep finding these bugs in our cabin  we just renovated in the last 2 years and all our in side walls are pine boards , they seem to be in the bathroom mostly but have found them elsewhere in the cabin as I have sticky traps set out also . we […]

male eastern dobsonfly

6063    Please identify.  Emma in Tweed, Ontario This is a male eastern dobsonfly, Corydalus cornutus (Megaloptera: Corydalidae). Their impressive-looking jaws actually are quite harmless; at most, they can deliver a mild pinch. The much shorter and stouter jaws of the female, on the other hand, can draw blood with their bite. The larvae of dobsonflies […]

Dermestid beetle larvae

6062  Hello! We live in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. My wife recently woke up with about 12 bug bites, solid red, itchy splotches that are swollen. Bites appear in two groups of three on her right arm near the elbow and near the armpit. Single bites appear on the inner thigh, knee, and hip of her […]

Drain Flies in shower

In one of my washrooms we have flies that keep flying out from the drain after we take a shower I have tried bicarbonate soda and white vinegar for five days and nothing changed. Please advise what can I do this is a nuisance and we are unable to use the shower. Drain flies (also […]

Plant bug

6061   Hi my name is Nadine from Edmonton, AB. This bug I found after I came inside from out on the front area of my building. I sat down on my couch and put my feet up to feel a lil movement on my leg. I freaked to see this guy and grabbed him (he […]

Too small to identify beetle.

6060    Hello,  This little guy was crawling across my bed sheet. He’s about as big as a flax seed, and is brown in colour. Looks like hard shell. He was moving pretty fast.   Late June, Alberta, indoors, house has 2 dogs and an indoor cat.  Although I cannot place a specific name on this tiny […]

scarab beetle

6059   Hi there. My name is Katelyn and i reside in the city of Port Coquitlam in Vancouver British Columbia.   I’m seeing many of these things in my work, they usually don’t live long I find. Just been seeing them more recently in the past couple weeks when the weather has warmed up. I think they’re […]

Dermestidae beetle larva

6058   Found many in groups all over older house in Warman, SK This is a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (carpet/hide/skin/larder beetles, etc.), such as a larder beetle (Dermestes lardarius) – see https://tinyurl.com/y9xsabt8 for an image and https://tinyurl.com/j8ergvk for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

6057 Wood wasp

6057   Hi, Quinten here. This was flying around our backyard today….Live in Kamloops, BC This is a wood wasp (also known as a horntail), Hymenoptera: Siricidae; specifically, it is Urocerus flavicornis. These are harmless to humans; what appears to be a stinger is its ovipositor, used to place its eggs in wood (usually pines) where […]

clear-winged moths

6056   I live in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. This photo was recently taken in June 2017 at our local community garden. We have never seen this insect in our garden before. It could be found resting on the leaves of potatoes as well as Shasta Daisies. It looks like a type of wasp, yet we would […]

redheaded ash borers

6055   Have a pile of logs from a recently cut down tree and saw these bugs on it that looks like wasps from a distance but up close they were more like crickets. This is a mating pair (the male is the smaller of the two) of redheaded ash borers, Neoclytus acuminatus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). See […]

jumping spider

6054  My name is Barbara and I live outside of Maders Cove in Nova Scotia.   Four days ago (June 8th) I found this insect on the upholstered headboard of my bed. It has the ability to jump and is 5-6mm in length.  I saw an exact one a few days later in my clear tube bird […]

wharf borer

6053   This bug is fairly small. Hopefully you can help us identify it. My name is Kat and I’m in Winnipeg, Mb, Canada. Thanks! This looks like wharf borer, Narcerdes melanura (Coleoptera: Oedemeridae). See https://tinyurl.com/obonjsx for an image and more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Tussock moth caterpillar

6052  I don’t know if this is a pest or not but I didn’t want to kill it if it is! Found on raspberry bushes in Calgary, AB on June 20, 2017. Does not seem to be eating the raspberry leaves. May have fallen from nearby apple or spruce. This caterpillar is about 1.5cm long and maybe 3mm […]

Fly Larva ?????????????

6051   Found this in my dry cleaning shirt. I put it on and few minutes later I realized something bothering me in the back. Took off my shirt and found this. And now I have a what feels like a bite or so…redness…  Ben  I’m not really sure what this might be – it resembles […]

Stink bug

6050  Toronto, our home backs onto the Rouge Park ravine. This little guy was on our sliding glass door. Bonnie This is a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae); it appears to be the species Banasa dimidiata  see https://tinyurl.com/ycgkje77 for an image and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.  

Get rid of carpenter ants

How do you get rid of Carpenter ants at the cottage?  Denis.  Georgetown, Ont. We have published a vast amount of identification and control information on this web page: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/ants/carpenter-ants


6049  Calgary, Alberta, Canada June 08. Has 3 things out its tail, I know it’s not a pest but I’m curious what it is. Thanks,  Braedon  This is a mayfly (order Ephemeroptera); possibly a subimago that recently has emerged from its naiad (immature) ‘skin.’ If so, it will molt once more to reach the adult […]

metallic wood-boring beetle

6048    Beetle found on a hot day early June, Barrie, Ontario, very good flyer, shimmery copper belly.   Carolyn This is a metallic wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Buprestidae), possibly in the genus Chalcophora; see https://tinyurl.com/ybeug8rl for an example. Larvae of these beetles are known as flat-headed wood borers, and make characteristic oval-shaped tunnels in wood. Ed Saugstad, […]


6047    We live in Edmonton, Alberta and have lived at location for 25 years and have never seen this Insect before (found 4 in the last 3 days).  We live on the edge of the city with the North Saskatchewan River across the street. The insects have only been seen towards evening. One at dusk and […]

Pest control technician, Lindsay Ontario area

597   Looking for pest control technician! Physical work, outdoors and driving work trucks, training included, need to have drivers licence and abstract! Positive attitude, eager to learn, works well alone as well as with others, dependable, good work ethic, full time as well as some weekends, wages to be discussed. Looking for people with licence/experience […]

jumping spider

6047   Found this today and people are freaking me out telling me it maybe venomous.   I just want to be sure it’s not.  Thank you!  Makakita. This is Phidippus audax, a very common and widespread species of jumping spider (family Salticidae) known as the bold or daring jumper. Like the vast majority of spiders, it […]

Aphid (plant louse)

6046  I recently found these bugs on the new growth of our Mugo Pine here in Calgary. These bugs always appear surrounded by a number of ants and are about 3mm long.    Thank you,  Tom This is an aphid, also known as a plant louse (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae). When feeding, they often secrete a sticky fluid called […]


6045    Hello, I am from Ottawa Ontario Canada and I have been finding these bugs in my back yard, they seem to be growing in numbers and I would like to know what they are called. I have never seen these bugs before and I would like to know more about them. Thank you. This […]

wharf borer

6044   Hi can you please identify this bug. Found two or three in the last couple of days. Worried about it being a cockroach. Thanking you.  This appears to be a wharf borer, Narcerdes melanura (Coleoptera: Oedemeridae). See https://tinyurl.com/obonjsx for an image and more detailed information.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.