Entries by Pest Control Canada

Assassin bug

6900.       My son accidentally put his hand on this insect while opening the garage door. It bit/stung him and it was very painful. Should I be concerned? Whitby, ON. Canada Number 6900. This is an assassin bug known as a masked hunter (Reduvius personatus; Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae); they are reputed to have a very […]


6899.      Found this bug in the ceiling. Sometimes it just fall out from the basement ceiling. Hope you can identify this. WINKLER, Manitoba. Canada Number 6899. This is a sowbug, a terrestrial crustacean in the order Isopoda; the vast majority of these are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter. They breathe through gills […]

Assassin bug

6898.       I think it’s a masked hunter…? Oshawa, Ontario. Canada Number 6898. Indeed it is a masked hunter – assassin bug (Reduvius personatus; Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae);  a cosmopolitan species often found indoors and reputed to have a very painful ‘bite’  Click here for more detailed information.

Elm sawfly

6895.      Hello, I found this bug on a rose bush in southern Quebec, Canada (it almost looks a little like a hornet). First time that we’ve seen them around here and we’ve seen about 3 of them this summer (2020). Mansonville, Quebec. Canada Number 6895. This is an elm sawfly, Cimbex americana (Hymenoptera: […]

Carpet beetle

6894.       Very small. Under 5mm in length. Only show up during summer. We find them mostly in the living room but this year we have started finding them on out second floor in our bedrooms. Kitchener, Ontario. Canada Number 6894. This looks like a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Attagenus (black […]


6892.        Kindly provide me the identity of the insect in the image attached. Thank you! Maligaon, Guwahati, India. Number 6892. This appears to be a lacewing (Neuroptera; Chrysopidae). These and their larvae are general predators on other small, soft-bodied insects such as aphids and caterpillars. Click here for more detailed information.

Ichneumon wasp

6891.     Do you know what this is? Is it a stinging insect? We have many on our front lawn. Victoria, BC. Canada Number 6891. This is an ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae). These all are parasitic on other insects and spiders and are harmless to humans. Their ‘stinger’ lacks venom and is used as an […]


6888.    I have these bugs all over my concrete. The first photo is zoomed in and the other photo shows how tiny they really are. Calgary, AB. Canada Number 6888. These are springtails, primitive arthropods in the order Collembola, closely related to true insects. These basically are harmless scavengers on bits of decomposing organic […]


6886.    These bugs appear every year and get their way into my house only in summer. Which makes me think that’s they aren’t cockroach. They get i some my house starting May-June and dissappear in September or so. If they are cockrouches…why do they appeR only fir 3 months and then dissappear? They also […]


6884.       Found in a water valve, at the dead end of a chlorinated water system, so likely stagnant water (which has depleted chlorine residual). Several white insects on rusted water valve chamber. Pemberton, British Columbia. Canada. Number 6884. These are springtails, primitive arthropods in the order Collembola, closely related to true insects. These […]

Larva of an Asian multi-coloured lady beetle

6880.       Lived here for 33 years, never seen one of these and can’t find anything close online. Kingston, Ontario. Canada Number 6880. This is a larva of an Asian multi-coloured lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). This is an introduced species that has become widespread in North America, sometimes accused of displacing native […]

Soldier beetle

6879.      There is something eating the leaves of our potato plants, which are mulched with old dry straw. I put sticky traps and didn’t find anything. Then I saw this colourful beetle on a leaf. Could this be the culprit? Duncan, BC. Canada Number 6879. This is a soldier beetle (Coleoptera: Cantharidae); they […]


6874.        These little critters suddenly started landing on us on the back deck around dusk last night. Approx 3 mm in length, and it felt like they were trying to bite before we squished them. We saw about a dozen of them before going back into the house. I’ve never seen this […]

Soldier beetle

6871.      First time seeing this inside my home. I’m concerned it could be destructive. Any help is appreciated. Prince Rupert, BC. Canada Number 6871. This is a soldier beetle (Coleoptera: Cantharidae). They are general predators on other small arthropods and also serve as pollinators. Not at all destructive. Click here for an example.

Click beetle

6870.       About 2cm long. Hid in the dark, moved slow. Tried matching it to different types of insects, but no luck. I’ve never seen one before. Live in a high-up lakefront apartment. Oakville, Ontario. Canada Number 6870. This appears to be a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae), a harmless accidental ‘visitor.’ They are quite […]