Entries by Pest Control Canada

scarab beetle

7448.         Winnipeg, Manitoba. Canada   Number 7448.  This is a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the genus Osmoderma, most likely O. eremicola. Commonly known as the hermit flower beetle, hermit beetle, “odor-of-leather beetle” (for strong odor of “Russian Leather”), their larvae develop in rotten, punky wood. See scarab beetle details on their […]

Adult cicada

7446.       At least 3 cm long. Montréal, QC. Canada   Number 7446.      This is an adult cicada (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae) emerging from its nymphal ‘shell’; it will gradually change colour and harden its skin over the next few hours, and then fly off in search of a mate. Cicadas of this type […]


I’m noticing a small dirt pile against my foundation and under the side of the house that was recently repaired for rot. It looks like ants are making their way in between the shell thing patch price under the siding. Is the debris in the dirt pile from the sheathing or dirt under the pavement? […]


7432.     This thing was attached to our sliding screen door. I couldn’t get a better picture because I was afraid to go out to the balcony. Toronto, On Canada   Number 7432.      This is a harmless moth in the family Saturniidae (giant silk moths). From its feathery antennae, it appears to be […]

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 .