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6000   Hi, I was finally able to get a good picture of the bugs that were in the rental we moved into .   You mentioned that they were most likely weevils but the pics were blurry … would you mind looking at this pic and , if possible , narrowing down the type ??  Thanks again for your time.

 

5999

5999   Could you please help in identifying this insect. I have swarms of them around my house, the cover everything from my BBQ, my table to my car.

5998

5998   Hello!    My name is Travis, and I live in southern Ontario.  We’ve seen a few of these guys in our master bathroom in the past few days and would love an identification.  I hope the photo is clear enough.  My best guess is some kind of sowbug?     They are small (maybe as long as my fingernail, <1cm).  It’s just the beginning of spring and it’s starting to get warm.    I hope I’ve given adequate info.  Thanks!  Travis

 

5997

5997      can you tell me what this bug is?    Thank you.   Jackie 

 

assassin bug

assassin bug

5996   Can you please tell me what is this bug?  Hang Ha

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 as having a very painful but not dangerous bite. See http://tinyurl.com/23g4bdy for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

5995

My name is Bailey and live in northern Alberta, I found this little guy in the swamp out back. Not too sure if it’s a larvae or what.  anyone know??

larder beetle

larder beetle

5994    Hey just wondering what kind of beetle this is. Found it under the bathroom sink with about 15 more. Lots of sawdust and wood around them. I looked on the site to see if it was posted and couldn’t find one like it.

This is a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), a peridomestic pest species. See http://tinyurl.com/nw92wz for more detailed information, including control recommendations.

Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Dog tick

Dog Tick

5993  Good Morning.   I went for a walk in some grassland with a few trees here and there, not far from a beachy area on Lake Ontario and since then have found several of the bugs that you can see in the attached photo.   They don’t bite or anything but seem to hook themselves on to your skin and are not easily swiped off. They are also “unsquashable” so must have a very tough shell –  the only way I have been able to kill them is by flushing them down the toilet.   My dog was with me on the walk but does not appear to have any on him and I’m wondering where they are coming from ….and why they seem to like me so much!!! – I also live on a marina so my home is right by water…is this the connection?  Please let me know what they are and how to best get rid of them. There are not loads but it’s a bit disconcerting finding them periodically attached to me (and my daughter)   Thanks   Sue

This is a female dog tick.   They can be a health hazard if they bite.   They should be removed quickly.  It is quite likely your dog has ticks that should be removed. 
More Info:  http://www.wallisroughley.ca/ticksurveillance.html

5992

5992   Dear Pest Control Canada,    I’ve been finding these little white maggot-like things all over the kitchen floor and occasionally on the counters, but I can’t figure out where they are actually coming from.  They don’t really crawl…they seem to start crawling but then just sort of roll and wriggle and don’t get very far, which is confusing as they keep appearing in the middle of the floor with no discernable source.  They’ve just started in the past few days as it’s finally gotten sunny here in Vancouver, BC.  Do you have any idea what they could be?
Thank you and sincerely,  Shoshana
This appears to be a maggot (fly larva).    They could be dropping from your ceiling through gaps around a light fixture or ceiling fan.  They may be feeding on a dead rodent in your attic.  This is not an uncommon pest problem. 

 

Cockroach

Cockroach

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

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

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

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 like to know what they are so that we can figure out how to get rid of them.  We are located in Napanee Ontario Canada.   Harold

These look like drugstore beetles, Stegobium paniceum (Coleoptera: Anobiidae). They and their close relatives, cigarette beetles (Lasioderma serricorne), are cosmopolitan pests that will infest a very wide range of organic materials. See http://tinyurl.com/psebz98 for more detailed information including control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

duff millipede

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 area around the house has been very wet.   Thanks for your assistance.

– This is a duff millipede (Polyxenida: Polyxenidae). These are merely nuisance pests; no need for control measures. See http://tinyurl.com/mrd7qq6 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

larvae of a crane fly

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 are found in damp to wet soils, and some species can be turf pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

soldier beetle

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, WV.

 

Australian cockroach nymph

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 control suggestions. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

giant water bug

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 forms, primarily other arthropods, but sometimes small minnows, tadpoles, etc. as well. They can inflict a very painful ‘bite’ (more of a stab) with their powerful beak. See http://tinyurl.com/k84ft2m for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

house centipede

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 down their prey. Finding numbers of these usually is indicative of the presence of other insects. They also are capable of inflicting a painful (but not dangerous) bite. See http://tinyurl.com/mn7mzf for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Carpet beetle?

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 Boucherville, Quebec, and this was taken April 22, 2017.  Regards,  Patrick

This is a beetle, but unfortunately, I cannot tell much more from this image. The only ones having this general appearance that would be of any concern are carpet beetles. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

firebug

Firebug

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 it dangerous in any other way? I  have a small toddler who likes to play in the rocks but my rocks are filled  with hundreds of these bugs.

This is a firebug, Pyrrhocoris apterus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pyrrhocoridae). Something else likely is destroying your plants, as these insects reportedly feed primarily on seeds of members of the mallow and lime families – see http://tinyurl.com/kdbrpn8. They tend to form dense aggregations in the spring, and a person seeing those could presume that they were causing damage. They also pose no danger to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Female and male ants

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, but at least they do not appear to be carpenter ants. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Adelgid nymph

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 I want to know what exactly has allowed these ants to thrive in such a different forest than their native origin.

This does look like a nymph of an adelgid – see http://tinyurl.com/lh7o7sn for an example. Argentine ants have been very successful in expanding their range as they tend to form ‘supercolonies’, each having multiple queens, and the colonies cooperate rather than compete with each other. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Stonefly

Stonefly

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

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 found in damp, dark, seldom-disturbed habitats, Some in the genus Tropidischia (see http://tinyurl.com/k9bkwob  for an example) can get quite large. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Ichneumonid wasp

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 some spring snow yesterday).  We have had some unscreened windows open in the house already.  Our home is 60 years old.  The first concern was termite or carpenter ant.  I think the wings are maybe too short for a termite.  But maybe an ant?  Hopefully not a carpenter.  Regardless, it is a truly magnificent creature.  Thank you so much for your time!  -Glenn

This is a wasp in the family Ichneumonidae. All ichneumonid wasps are parasitic on other arthropods, mainly other insects, and are harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

German cockroach

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 also be seen on the floor, or on vertical surfaces (dishwasher door, cupboard doors, etc.) It is currently April and weather conditions are mild, between 5 to 10 C. Snow is melting, and it has been relatively damp over the last few days, but weather in the month since their infestation has been fluctuating. It looks as if they have wings and they are capable of climbing glass jars. We have been rigorously cleaning and cannot find a way to get rid of them. Suggestions would be gratefully accepted!   Thanks for your help!  David.

This is a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a very common and widespread pest species that can be difficult to bring under compete control. See http://tinyurl.com/h3nd9z8 elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Varied carpet beetle

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 in groups, always found solo. Here in metro Vancouver, it rains fairly hard during January to April and we usually experience mild winter. What is this and is this something I should be concerned about? Thank you very much for your assistance! Hally 

This looks like a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus, such as the varied carpet beetle, A. verbasci. See http://tinyurl.com/hz44zxx for images and detailed information on this species and http://tinyurl.com/zl9w25c elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations. These beetles often are found at windows as they attempt to get outdoors; they primarily are pollen feeders, unlike their destructive larvae. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

 

Assassin bug nymph

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 as having a very painful but not dangerous bite. See http://tinyurl.com/23g4bdy for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Non-biting midge

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 are close relatives of mosquitoes, and like them, their larvae are aquatic. Although harmless, these insects can occur in large numbers and make terrible nuisances of themselves.  Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Parasitic fly

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. It came flying in to the house late evening, it doesn’t fly very fast.  It is 13mm from the tip of the wing to the tip of it head.  Green eyes.  The body is yellowish red-brown in colour. Thank you for the opportunity to find out what kind of fly this is.  Kind regards,  Samantha 

This fly looks like something in the family Tachinidae, but I cannot offer a more specific identification. All flies in this family are parasitic on other arthropods, mainly other insects. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Firebrat

Firebrat

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 it wasn’t already here, it’s possible it came in with some of our old stuff which had been stored in a clean basement that did suffer from some groundwater seepage, where the occasional sow bug could be seen.  Thanks so much for your time!  -Adam

This is a firebrat (Thermobia domestica; Zygentoma: Lepismatidae). These are cosmopolitan in distribution and along with their close cousins, silverfish, basically are nuisance pests that seldom cause real harm. See http://tinyurl.com/mc5vk7j for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.
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darkling beetle

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 the back yard that was once a haven for cockroaches. Is is sunny all year round here with rainy and dry seasons – the bugs are here irrespective. These bugs/beetles come out in the night through small spaces in our windows, in the daytime there in minimal movement and sometimes they appear dead when they are not. They are about a quarter of an inch long, black, have six legs and a set of antlers/feelers. They have a semi-hard exoskeleton and if you step on one you can hear it crack. They are quite a pest and I would like to know what they are and what they exist to do. Please let me know if you need any further information.   Thank you

This might be a darkling beetle (Coleoptera: Tenebrionidae), but I cannot see enough detail (particularly its tarsal segments) to be certain. Although these may be nuisances, at least it does not appear to be any of the common pest species in that family. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.