Entries by Pest Control Canada

Mystery bites

A few weeks ago I was bitten three times in a row. I put out bed bug traps and have been checking my bed daily. I have no more bites. Two weeks ago my grandson slept over and had two sets of bites on his arm in a line of three bites. I still have […]

Indian meal moths

Hello, I have a case of Indian meal moths for the past several months and I can’t seem to get rid of them and I need help. Woodbridge ON As I would not recommend application of any pesticide in food storage areas, the best cure is prevention. The first step is sanitization – empty out […]


I’m a first year university student and I have a burning question about ants I was hoping you could help me with. I like ants a lot. I also don’t understand how they exist at all. From what I know, ants have one, or sometimes a few queens, and the rest of the female ants […]

An assassin bug

7422.  Markham, Ontario. Canada   Number 7422. This is Reduvius personatus, an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter. This is a peridomestic species that feeds on many other arthropods found in buildings; it’s bite is reported to be very painful, but not dangerous to humans. See An assassin bug detailed information .

western conifer seed bug

7421.    What is this? Mississauga, Ontario. Canada   Number 7421.  This is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae). This is an introduced species that has become widely established in North America. They are harmless, but may become nuisances when they enter buildings in search of shelter. See western conifer seed bug […]


My digital keyboard (piano not computer) broke and i took it to a repairman’s house to fix it. When I got to his house, it was like TLC Hoarder’s. I am terrified about bringing home pests—especially cockroaches. He was located in Scarborough. What steps can I take when I pick up my keyboard to make […]

Domesticated pet rats

Hello, I’m hoping to get domesticated pet rats soon but my landlord is concerned that the smell of them will attract other wild rodents as they’ve had rodent infestations in the past. I don’t see this being an issue and have seen others say that it’s a complete myth. I’d like to know if this […]

Long-horned wood-boring beetle

7420.     We found a few in our house. Petit-Rocher-Ouest, NB. Canada   Number 7420.   This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae). The only species in this family that will infest established dwellings is the old house borer, Hylotrupesbajulus, but your image is not clear enough to either confirm or reject that possibility .As […]


7417.   Found in my son plastic super block at the bottom there were a lot of them. Beauharbois, Quebec. Canada   Number 7417.    These appear to be booklice (Psocodea: Liposcelidae). These primarily are nuisance pests that very seldom cause any real harm. They feed mainly on mould spores and bits of organic debris. See […]

Darkling beetle

7413.    Hi, as previously stated I’m from Calgary AB. I sent in a different picture of these guys wandering around the house last October (file #7406). Your analysis was a Darkling beetle that infects dry stored goods. On that advice I completely cleared and checked all food, shelves & drawers in my pantry at […]

Woolly aphid

7412.      Central Alabama, afternoon, about 80F degrees. No way to measure size but compared to my skin – very small. Too small? Pelham, Alabama. United States   Number 7412.      This appears to be a woolly aphid (Hemiptera/ : Aphididae); it strongly resembles an introduced species known as the Asian woolly hackberry […]

Crab spider

7410.       Found on my neck inside my house. Campbellford, Ontario. Canada     Number 7410.      This is a crab spider (family Thomisidae); possibly in the genus Xysticus. These are ambush predators on other small arthropods, and harmless to humans. See crab spider detailed information . 7410.       Found on my […]