Entries by Pest Control Canada


5991   Found this little guy dead in my kitchen any idea what it is? Thanks kind regards, Rhys Jonah This is a cockroach, but it does not appear to be any of the common peridomestic pest species. Knowing your geographic rea would help on pinning it down. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

plant louse

5990  Is this a baby bed bug? This is an aphid, aka ‘plant louse’ (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae). All aphids are sap feeders, and some can be serious garden/agricultural pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Firefly larva

5989   Found this today in the Belleville area! What is it?!?   Jenn This appears to be a larva of a firefly (Coleoptera: Lampyridae); see http://tinyurl.com/lv3whqt for an image. They are general predators on other small arthropods, mainly other insects. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.  

drugstore beetles

5988  These little bugs showed up in our Kitchen late last summer 2016. They are mainly in the kitchen cupboards and often migrate to the south facing windows. They disappeared once the cold weather come around even though they are in the house. In the middle of April 2017  they started showing up again.  I would […]

duff millipede

5987      Hi there,  I am Mel who lives in Vancouver, BC.  I have attached a photo of a bug for identification.  The bug’s are located inside the basement, on the west facing window sills.  The bugs were noticed in January 2017 and they are still in the basement.  There has been more rain than usual and the […]

Pest Management Technician. Prescott-Russell County

593  May 9/17   Maheu&Maheu est à la recherche de candidats pour occuper un poste de technicien en gestion parasitaire dans le comté de Prescott-Russell. Il s’agit d’un poste à temps complet. CONDITIONS: – Salaire pouvant excéder 75 000$ en fonction de la productivité – Régime de retraite – Assurance collective – Programme d’actionnariat – Véhicule et […]

larvae of a crane fly

5986  Good afternoon,  My name is Rebeca and we leave in London , Ontario.  Yesterday morning, we noticed our driveway infested with these larvae. Could you please help us to identify them? They are around 0.6 inches long.  Thanks. These look like larvae of a crane fly (Diptera: Tipulidae); see http://tinyurl.com/mz8ad2m for an example. These usually […]

soldier beetle

5985   This was taken outside, Maple Ridge B.C.  April 30 2017.   Ken This looks like a soldier beetle (Coleoptera: Cantharidae) in the genus Podabrus; see http://tinyurl.com/l4oglbu for an example. For the most part, these appear to be general predators on other small arthropods as well as acting as pollinators. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, […]

Australian cockroach nymph

5984    Hi,    I’m writing in relation to a dead bug I found in my bedroom that is about 1 inch in size. I can’t tell what it is…  Many thanks,  Jessica This appears to be a nymph of an Australian cockroach, Periplaneta australasiae (Blattodea: Blattidae). See http://tinyurl.com/ka4ltgr for details on its life history as well as some […]

giant water bug

5983  I found my son playing with this insect in the school’s playground sandbox. It is really big, at least 3″ long. Found in Trenton, Ontario end April.  What is it and does it bite? Thanks! This is a giant water bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Belostomatidae); likely in the genus Lethocerus. These are general predators on other aquatic life […]

house centipede

5982   Hello,   My name is Matt and I found this bug in our washroom, located in Richmond hill Ontario. I find smaller versions of these bugs frequently. Do you know what it is?  This is a house centipede, Scutigera coleoptrata, a cosmopolitan species. Unlike most other centipedes, house centipedes have quite good eyesight, and can hunt […]

Carpet beetle?

5981   Hello,   I was lying in bed when I felt something tickling and moving along the side of my belly. The attached pictures are of what I am hoping is just a beetle.  The insect is tiny, approximately 3 mm long.  I flipped it on its back for one of the pictures.  I live in […]


5980  I have been seeing this particular black and fire red insect around my home and my community. It has destroyed/eaten all my plants and I cannot seem to  do anything to get rid of them.  Can you tell me what this bug is and if it  is harmful to have inside my Home or is […]

Female and male ants

5979  Hi there,  I was hoping you could help me identify these bugs I found congregating around the deck in our backyard. I live in East York, Ontario and only noticed these yesterday. These are ants, the black ones are males and the larger brown one is a female. I am unsure as to the species, […]

Adelgid nymph

5978  My name is Luke. Location: Kelowna, BC.  At a home surrounded by fur and pine trees, the argentine ants have taken over the area and foraging at all these trees. They are coming down from the tee with this creature in their mouth. I think it’s an adelgid, but I’m not a pro, and […]


5977   My name – Debbie.  These bugs are showing up in the Spring time on the outside of the house. I am located in Grand Forks, BC Canada This is a stonefly (order Plecoptera). Their larvae form an important part of the freshwater food web; see http://tinyurl.com/h84682mfor detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.  

Cave /camel cricket

5976   Hi,  We found this in Harrison Hot Springs, BC, Canada in April. It was in a wet cave on the ceiling with dozens of other ones. The cave was in a forest at about 120m elevation. The largest had bodies about 2-3 inches long.  John This is a cave/camel cricket (Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae); they commonly are […]

Biting Midges (No-see-ums)

Hi I am really impressed with your website! Can you point me to more information on biting midges if they are something which could be found in our house on Salt Spring Island in April? Thanks very much,  Ann During my 20 + years of pest control service on Salt Spring Island, I was never […]

Too many spiders!

Hello, I have found [so far…] about 10 spiders – huge black ones in a new 5 month old house. Mostly in the basement and the garage. I spray RAID but unfortunately it doesn’t help. I am afraid they could be dangerous. The house is in Welland, On.  Any suggestion, advice ? Should I contact […]

Ichneumonid wasp

5975    Hi, thanks for the great site.  We had this little visitor crawling out from under the cabinet in our bathroom on the second floor of our home in Calgary, Alberta on the 14th of April.  We have had some great spring weather leading up to this week, but it has turned cold (complete with […]

German Cockroach

5974   Geographical Location: Markham, ON.  Bug was collected in the kitchen. Over the last month or so, we have been waking up to them of varying sizes between 0.5 cm to 2 cm (this one was about 1.5 cm) in length, not including their antennae. They are typically crawling on the kitchen counter (granite) but can […]

Varied carpet beetle

5973   Hi there,    I reside in the city of Coquitlam, in the province of British Columbia, Canada. I own a larger house, approximately 5 years old and just in the last 2 months, found these little guys on the window curtains and bed sheets. They are quite small (3.5 to 4 mm) and I’ve never found […]

Assassin bug nymph

5972   My name is Wendy. I live in Montreal and this bug was on my newly carpeted stairs inside my house. It was fairly large, about 3/4 of an inch. This appears to be a nymph of Reduvius personatus, a peridomestic species of assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter. These are reported […]

Non-biting midge

5971  These bugs appeared today in the thousands on our deck and screen door. Temperature here today reached 18C. Very small about 3 or 4mm. Hope you can identify them. Our location is Campbellford, Ontario and we are on the Trent River. This is a non-biting midge (Diptera: Chironomidae)l see http://tinyurl.com/mpx96u3 for an image. These […]

Parasitic fly

5970  I reside in the Roodepoort area in Gauteng Province of South Africa and I wondered if you can shed some light on the subject of this kind of fly, it is not one of the more common flies in our area.  It is late Autumn 10 April 2017 so it is not yet cold. […]


5969   Hi, thank you for this great site.  I noticed this little critter in the bathroom sink of our clean, 3rd floor apartment in Winnipeg about a month after moving in. I’ve never seen something like this in our old house, and was wondering if this was a baby cockroach, silverfish, or something else? If […]

darkling beetle

5968 Dear Sirs,  My name is Mellissa and I live in Jamaica. A cemetery is nearby and the house is in between two open lots with mostly shrubs. Our yard has grass and some fruit trees. We also use soak-away pits/cesspools that allow water to absorbed into the earth. There is also a shed in […]

broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil

5967   Please, please help me identify these bugs [Beetles ? ] that I am finding in my house. I live North of Toronto in Stouffville Ontario. It is early April and I have been finding them in all different places. Such as walls, floors, countertops etc.,  I have attached pictures. I should mention that they are […]

Larder beetle

99% of these insects are smaller than a flaxseed & bigger than window screen. Westwold, BC first year ever seen and first time in house! Inside only on all window sills. Three year old windows. These insects fly. Not in furniture. Not on occupants or pets. They fly. No bites. Maybe coming in window sill […]

Full time Service/Sales Technician positions GTA

592  April 11/17    Reliable Pest Control within the GTA is advertising for full time Service/Sales Technician positions. The successful candidate must have a valid driver’s license, a current Structural Exterminators License, and have a minimum of 6 months experience along with strong verbal and communication skills. We have a very competitive commission package, along with […]

Dermestidae (Carpet) beetle

5965  Hi there, I was wondering if you could tell me if this is a carpet beetle or a bed bud. The antenna and legs made me think it was a bedbug when I was looking at Google images , but when going through you photos I questioned if it was a carpet beetle or […]

Northern Black Widow spider

5964   2.5 inches long looks like black widow hybrid. John.  Kelowna, BC. This appears to be a northern black widow spider, Latrodectus variolus. These often have a median red stripe or series of red dots on the dorsum of their abdomen in addition to the ‘hourglass’ on the ventral aspect – see http://tinyurl.com/k3doxlu.   Ed Saugstad, retired […]