Entries by Pest Control Canada

ground beetle

7095.      Can you let me know what these are, found them in my basement. They approx 1 cm long. Belle mead, NJ. United States Number 7095. This is a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae); these are general predators on other small invertebrates, mainly other insects. They often wander indoors accidentally while searching for prey. […]

Orb weaving spider

7092.      Central Alabama, late afternoon. Thank you for your help. Pelham, AL. United States Number 7092. This is Argiope aurantia, a very common and widespread orb weaving spider that goes by many different common names, including the yellow garden spider, black and yellow garden spider, golden garden spider, writing spider, zigzag spider, zipper […]

Tree cricket

7090.      Thinking it is a praying mantis? Carleton Place, Ontario. Canada Number 7090. This is a tree cricket, Orthoptera: Gryllidae; subfamily Oecanthinae. The ‘chirps’ of one species are so regular as to be usable for estimating air temperature –  Click here for details. In spite of their dainty appearance, they can give one […]

Muscoid fly

7089.        Good afternoon, I’m trying to identify what I belied to be pupa in my garage. They are approximately 3-5mm in length and resemble to size and shape of mouse droppings. However they are light brown and appear to have “stripes” or articulated joints. I usually find them in collections of 10-20 […]

spider beetles

7086.        Been finding these bugs under my baseboard heaters..pls help also I keep getting bites. So not sure if I have 2 different kind of bugs in my place. Toronto, Ontario. Canada Number 7086. These are spider beetles (Coleoptera: Anobiidae; subfamily Ptininae). They will feed on a very wide variety of organic […]

Earwig

7082.       Please help me to identify this insect. I found it in my kitchen today (September 18). I first thought it was a scorpion but it has two legs which scorpions only have 1. Thank you! Toronto, Ontario. Canada Number 7082. This is an earwig (order Dermaptera). They are harmless to humans; at […]

Larva of a beetle

7080.        Found in the hallway by itself. INUVIK, NT. Canada Number 7080. This is a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (hide/skin/carpet/larder beetles and allies). These will feed on a wide variety of organic materials, including hides, fur, feathers, wool, dry stored food products, etc. Click here  for some control […]

Grain beetles

7094.        Very tiny insects in my 3rd floor condo in the GTA. Mississauga, Ontario. Canada Number 7094. These could be grain beetles in the genus Oryzaephilus (saw-toothed and merchant grain beetles). As a precaution, you should check any areas where dry foodstuffs (such as flour, cereals, cake mixes, etc.) for signs of […]

Caddisfly

7093.        It was flying around my room and was attracted to light. Surrey, British Columbia. Canada Number 7093. This is a caddisfly (order Trichoptera). Their larvae are aquatic and constitute an important part of the freshwater food web. The moth-like adults are harmless. Click here for more detailed information.

Beetle

7091.        Hey there I definitely appreciate the help here. Are these dreaded bed bugs? Nothing in my bed or no blood stains or bites. Just these guys around my couch. See one every few days. Toronto, Ontario. Canada Number 7091. This is a beetle in the family Dermestidae (hide/skin/carpet/larder beetles and allies). […]

Sowbug

7089.        Found this bug stuck in the insect trap by balcony doors. Toronto, Ontario. Canada Number 7089. 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 that must be kept moist, so keeping your […]

Carpet beetle

7087.       I have found some of this in my apartment. Not sure is it summer related, it is very small, like 4 mm long. Thanks! Montreal, Quebec. Canada Number 7087. This is a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); it may be a banded carpet beetle, Attagenus fasciatus (Coleoptera: Dermestidae). Also known as the wardrobe […]