Entries by Pest Control Canada

Nymphs of a boxelder bug

6290 I have never seen these bugs before and today ther are 30 of them outside my door. From Hamilton, Ontario Number 6290 These are nymphs of a boxelder bug, likely the eastern boxelder bug, Boisea trivittata (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhopalidae). These are nuisance pests that seldom cause any real damage. Click here for more detailed information, including […]

Giant water bug

6277 Found in our backyard pool Number 6277 This is a giant water bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Belostomatidae). Also known as toe-biters or electric light bugs, they are voracious predators on other aquatic life forms, including other insects, tadpoles, and minnows. They are very strong fliers and have been found far from any natural water source. Click here […]

Snipe Fly

6268 . Seemed to like being around the vegetable garden in 20+ degree weather. July. From Langley, BC Number 6268 is a snipe fly (Diptera: Rhagionidae); it looks like Rhagio tringarius , known as the marsh snipe fly, Click here for an image. Their larvae are predators on insects and earthworms they find in or on […]

Woolly bear caterpillar

6265 Please help identify From Dunnville Ontario 6265 This appears to be a young woolly bear caterpillar, the larva of the Isabella tiger moth (Pyrrharctia isabella; Lepidoptera: Erebidae). Click here for more detailed information.

European Firebug

6263 My entire yard is full of them. I need advice on what they are and how to get rid of them. Thousands of them crawling in my grass. From Toronto, Ontario Number 6263 This is a European firebug, Pyrrhocoris apterus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pyrrhocoridae), an introduced species currently sporadically distributed in North America, Click here  for […]