Entries by Pest Control Canada

Tent Caterpillar

5706    Hi – I live in Ottawa and we are seeing a ton of these this year. Are they a problem for us? This is a tent caterpillar (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae; Malacosoma sp.); likely a forest tent caterpillar, M. disstria, see http://tinyurl.com/hensdpb for images and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Beneficial Wolf Spider

5705  I don’t sleep as way too many spiders in my house.  Linda Mc. This looks like a wolf spider, which is a good one to have around, as they are voracious hunters that provide volunteer pest control services. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.  

Masked hunter

5704  I had this bug bite me.  I put on a pair of pants walked out my front door and felt a burning (kind of like when you get a red ant bite) on my outside thigh when I moved my pants I saw this bug. What is it? I was told it looks like a […]

scarab beetle

5703  Sheila,   Winnipeg, Manitoba.  Size:  a nickel,  Month: May/June,  Conditions: Attracted to water, e.g., dog’s outdoor water bowl, but also found on land, i.e, driveway, deck, cluster together in cracks, rusty brown in colour. This is a type of scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) known as a May beetle or June bug; it appears to be in the […]

Boxelder bug nymph

5700  Hi there,  I live in Brantford Ontario and found these little guys all over my grass and fence. They are various sizes from half a centimetre to 1 centimetre. The weather is hot and humid and very sunny out. I tried researching and the best I could come up with was Jadera haematoloma but I don’t […]

whitecrossed seed bug

5699  Large quantities of these bugs found in planter boxes Comox Valley, Vancouver Island   Jo This appears to be a whitecrossed seed bug, Neacoryphus bicrucis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Lydaeidae); see http://tinyurl.com/3g4z8yd for an image and more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Crab spider

5698  Here is a picture of a beautiful  I found in my back yard on June 9, 2016 at approximately 8 PM.  She (I’m assuming) was on our hose reel.  It was warm and had been raining earlier in the day.  I would love to know what she is.  I have attempted to find other […]

ichneumon wasp

5697  Hi, I’m Dave.  This fella landed on my windshield last night. I live near Edmonton Alberta Canada. It is about an inch long. This is an ichneumon wasp (Hymeniptera: Ichneumonidae). These wasps all are parasitic on other arthropods, mainly other insects. They lack venom, but some species that have a short, stout ovipositor can […]

Soldier beetles

5696    I am Bruce  from Chatham ON.  Southwest Ontario.  We have had several of these flying beetles in our home over the past two weeks (May 25- June 7)  They resemble lightening bugs to me but are elongate and narrow, and don’t flash in the house.  I killed these two today.  23 mm long.  They are […]

Lady Beetle larva

5695  Found on fruit trees in Comox Valley, Vancouver Island.  Jo R. This is a larva of a lady beetle (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae); it looks like Harmonia axyridis, known as the Asian multi-colored lady beetle – see http://tinyurl.com/zh3r6o4 for an image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Poplar and willow borer weevil

5694  Hello,  Wondering what this is. We’ve been seeing them all around our deck outside. We are in central Alberta. It’s summer now (June) and I’d say I’ve been seeing them for a few weeks. I see them by themselves and are about the size of my pinkie finger.   Can you help?  Thank you! Darleina […]

Common black carpet beetle

5693   Hello,  I am seeing these insects/bugs since April 2016 at my apartment at Chatham, Ontario. Please help me find what is its name and please let me know if they are harmful and if pest control is required. I have tried checking previously submitted photos on your website several times but I cannot identify […]

How to get rid of rodents

What is the best way to get rid of rats and mites carried by them? How much is the going rate for rodent control to wipe out the population of them indoors & outdoors? Please let me know because I have a heart problem.   Thank you,  Tara You will find your answer here: http://pestcontrolcanada.com/how-to-get-rid-of-rodents Local […]


5692   My name is Tara. This is on my deck umbrella in Kamloops. Dallas part of Kamloops right behind the wildlife park.  This is a cicada (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae); likely in the genus Okanagana; see http://tinyurl.com/gvb7sdp for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Yellowjacket Wasp

5691  Saw this flying in my house never seen a spotted bee before.  Dan B.  Ontario. This is a wasp in the family Vespidae and the genus Vespula; see http://tinyurl.com/hxroz49 for an example. These wasps collectively are known as yellowjackets and are not noted for having a sense of humor when their nests are disturbed. […]

folding-door trapdoor spider

5690  I found this spider in Victoria British Columbia. The date is June 3rd. What kind is it? It’s about 2 cm long. Tim  – Like nos. 5638, 5640, 5656, and 5660, this appears to be another folding-door trapdoor spider in the family Antrodiaetidae; see http://tinyurl.com/lp7j62z for an image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Harmless ground spider

5689  Hi, my name is Desiree. I found this spider in a house I work at. The area/location is Qualicum Bay, Central Vancouver Island, BC, Canada. Month is early June.  It was about the size of a dime. Maybe slightly smaller. And was quite quick. I have never seen one quite like this out here and […]

whitespotted sawyer beetle

5688  Hi, this bit me! Should I be concerned?  Please identify. I’m in Port Coquitlam BC and it was in my kitchen. (Door is open as very hot). Thanks, Sandy 5688  This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae) in the genus Monochamus; likely M. scutellatus, known as the whitespotted sawyer, As a wood-borer, it […]

Beneficial millipedes around cottage.

How do we get rid of large amt of millipedes around foundation of our cabin. You may have a more serious problem that is attracting the millipedes.  They are voracious predators of other insects.  Eliminate vegetation around the foundation, clean the rain gutters and downspouts, make sure perimeter drains are clear.  You need to reduce […]


5687  I found this creature in a glue trap  along with a spider and an ant.  Care to guess what it might be?  Many Thanks,  Ross This is an earwig (order Dermaptera). Earwigs are very common nuisance pests that usually do little if any actual harm; occasionally, they may cause damage to very tender vegetation. […]

Dead bed bug + ?

5686.   hello my name is Line these are the pest that are in my apartment. I live in Niagara falls Ontario and the weather is just starting to get warm. The pest are very small not sure the size as some are a little bigger then others , also have wings.They do bite as I am covered in bite […]

Lawn Shrimp

5685  Hello,  My name is Dziepy.  I found about 50 of these bugs underneath my leather couch while sweeping my wooden floor living room.  The couch sits directly in front of a glass sliding door that we do not open. The skin has a shiny sheen to it. Only 5 or so bugs have no sheen but were dark brown and […]

Scarab beetle

5684   Hi my name is Marlinta and I live in Montreal, Canada. I have found a couple of these insects walking around my garden lately.  I’m pretty sure the last one was in the soil inside a flower pot.  I have had Japanese beetles in the past.  These guys are huge…about 1/2 inch yuck!!!  Any […]

Beetle Larva

5683   Found this bug walking very quickly through the shade of our driveway (Nova Scotia), it stayed out of the light, and looks similar to firefly larvae, but it has two little prongs on the back, kind of like an earwig, and didn’t use it’s tail to move, just it’s 6 little legs. it was […]

Dragonfly nymph

5682   Hi,    My name is Claude. These photos taken on May 26, 2016 at 3:00 in the afternoon, close to a lake, in Val des Monts, Quebec, Canada. This is an immature stage (nymph/naiad) of a dragonfly. It might be in the family Micromiidae (cruiser dragonflies) – see http://tinyurl.com/zpwnavo for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired […]

Mouse nest under porch

We live in a fairly new townhouse complex (Calgary). I discovered some small holes dug underneath the concrete porch, and when I stepped on the surrounding earth, it sank fairly easily, about three inches. I assume that there is a mouse nest underneath the porch. I did some light reading and will be buying some […]

Heat treatment for bed bugs

Virtually all of reliable sources on bed bug control state that heat or steam treatments are the most effective method in controlling and eliminating bed bugs. Aside from the safety features of these methods they also destroy their eggs which can stay dormant for years and probably longer. Since bed bugs tend to be `homely` […]

Ground Squirrel

5681  Hi, I took these pictures today, May 22nd in Beaver Bank, Nova Scotia. Can you tell us what it is? Thanks, Myles  This looks like a ground squirrel but I can’t be sure which species.   Larry Cross. Webmanager ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ This does belong to the same family as ground squirrels, but it is a woodchuck (Marmota monax), […]

Boston Freezes out rats

The City of Boston is experimenting with a chilling new way to kill rats: dry ice. “We’re seeing tremendous, tremendous success,” said William Christopher, commissioner of the city’s Inspectional Services Department. For the past several weeks, workers from the agency have been using picnic coolers to pick up dry ice from a local company. They […]

Male Carpenter ants

5680   Sandy from Victoria BC.  These guys started appearing on the inside of one basement window at a rate of about 4 per hour, but I can’t see where they’re coming in.  There’s no sign of them outside, so not sure if they’re migrating in or hatching indoors somewhere. It started on May 20 after a […]

Hackle-mesh weaver male spider

5679 Found on my bathroom floor on May 5th in Stoney Creek, Ontario. It is the second of two I’ve found and about the size of a looney including its legs. This is a male spider, it looks like a hackle-mesh weaver (family Amaurobiidae). Some Agelenids (funnel weavers) are very similar in appearance, but their spinnerets […]

Bumble Bee

5678   Hi. I am Adina, Montreal . Found this guy on my basement floor. The  another one a few hours later. No idea what it is. Could you help identify? Thank you This is a bumble bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae; Bombus sp.). These are valuable pollinators, so when they blunder indoors, you should try to escort […]


5677  Hi there I found this spider under a rock by the Brazeu river near Drayton Valley Alberta. Couldn’t find him in any of my books. This one is seriously puzzling to me; I want to say that it is a hackle-mesh weaver (family Amaurobiidae), but I am not at all confident of that. A […]