Entries by Pest Control Canada

stink bug

6023   Hi there, This is my first time to saw such unique insect walking on the corridor outside of a furniture store. Country: Malaysia.  Michelle This is a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), but I cannot place a specific name on it at present. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.  

Marmots on pool deck

Hi there: We have moved into a new house and have just discovered that we have a serious marmot problem. We have seen them in our yard and not been concerned, but now we have discovered that our lower deck – and it is a large one surrounding a pool – is absolutely covered in […]

twice-stabbed stink bug

6022    This was found on a compact cranberry bush in Saskatchewan. It is the size of a lady bug.  Friend or foe? This is a twice-stabbed stink bug, Cosmopepla lintneriana (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae); see https://tinyurl.com/y9ybqct7 for an image and more information. They feed primarily on seeds, and usually are not considered serious pests. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; […]

Firefly larva

6021   Marge from New Brunswick; this was on the step … what is it? This appears to be a larva of a firefly (Coleoptera: Lampyridae), see https://tinyurl.com/y7rrweg4 for an example. These are general predators on other small arthropods as well as snails, etc. The larvae of some net-winged beetles (Coleoptera: Lycidae) also can be similar in […]


6020   Hi my name is Tammy from Midland Ontario Canada. Just found this in my house…is it a tick? If no what is it? Thank you for your help. This is not an insect, but is an arachnid called a pseudoscorpion. They are general predators on other small arthropods and completely harmless to humans. See http://tinyurl.com/ox8sx4o […]

Click Beetle

6019    In Welland, Ontario Niagara region, found by our cat.‎ In upstairs rug. We were working outside the day before.   Elizabeth This is a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae); a harmless accidental intruder. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

spider beetle

6018   I found this bug between my bed sheets after having moved some sweaters onto my bed that were in the kitchen. I live in Montreal, Quebec. We have spring weather right now. The bug seems to have antennae that it uses to feel its environment and walks almost robotically, so I looked up different beetles […]

male elm sawfly

6017  This insect was found in my yard.  4th June 2017.  It was large, the size of a Canadian loony with wings extended.  Location Saskatoon.  Weather conditions hot and dry.   Can you identify it please.   Thank you.  Bill.  This looks like a male elm sawfly, Cimbex americana (Hymenoptera Cimbicidae), see https://tinyurl.com/y8tvlk5d for an image. Their larvae […]

Bed bugs in bathroom

6016   I live in the north Okanagan in British Columbia and have found several of these in my bathroom (over the past few weeks) where my dog likes to lay on the cool lino floor as it is May/June and quite hot here.  This bug is about ¼ inch long.   I am hoping it is not […]


6015    Hello there! This guy was found today inside an apartment in Fort McMurray, Alberta. It was posted on one of the local Facebook groups and has drawn a lot of attention as to what it is. I was hoping you could help us put the mystery to rest. To me it looks like a […]

rove beetles

6014    These have shown up in a basement laundry room. We’ve put out some sticky traps which is where they are showing up. We seem to rarely see live bugs, the ones we see are already dead.  Can you help us identify this?   Regards,    Derek.  St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada Like No. 6007, these are rove beetles […]

leaf beetles

6013    Hi my name is Sydney and we are currently at South Bay, Turtle Lake, Saskatchewan and we have been here for a few days and noticed a lot of reeds washed up on the beach. It’s May long so the beach is always a mess from the melted ice but there are excess reeds. […]

ground beetle

6012  Hello there,  Please help me identify the bugs shown on the attached pictures. They are about 5 mm in length.  My name is John and I live in North York (Toronto) in a townhouse complex where there are more than 300 units. To my knowledge only my next door neighbour and I got our […]

reproductive caste termite

6011   Many of these were noticed in the bedroom of a beach house rental today, located in Galveston, Texas. Any ideas of what this could be?  Tommy This is a reproductive caste termite that has shed its wings. The management of the property should be notified so that they may take appropriate control actions; see https://tinyurl.com/y9xflnfc […]

nymph of a cicada

6010   This was found in Armstrong BC Canada. There was another one found that looks like it was shedding it skin.    Shannon This most likely is a nymph of a cicada (Hemiptera/ Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae); these spend up to 17 years (depending on the species) underground feeding on the sap from tree roots, before emerging and […]

bumble bee or a carpenter bee

6009  This bug has been flying around outside my bedroom window for three days now. I just want to know if it’s dangerous or not. This is either a bumble bee or a carpenter bee; as it has been sprayed with some substance, I cannot be certain which it is. Also, I believe that this image […]

Future queen carpenter ant

6008  Hello we live in Shawnigan Lake BC on Vancouver Island and have been seeing these black ants outside and inside our home over the past few days.  How do we get rid of them is it possible to do this on our own? Are these carpenter ants should we be concerned if we leave […]

rove beetle

6007   Hello,  My name is Alyson. This little guy was on my neck when I felt something on me. It is 3 or 4 cm. I’ll send a picture of the chair with a ruler so you can check that if necessary.  I’m in Alberta near Edmonton. It was a hot day and I was sitting […]

Burrowing bug

6006   Found dead in my bathroom in Toronto. About the size of a small apple seed. Any ideas? Thanks. This looks like a burrowing bug, Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cydnidae); see https://tinyurl.com/omrgrbb for an example. These can be nuisance pests when they occur in large numbers, but they do no real harm. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Landlord won’t deal with Bed bugs

4630   My son had to move from one apartment to another. He bought a used couch  and checked it out real good before bringing it to his old place. They had it for two months. all was good. We move him to his new apartment. He had to clean it before he moved in. after […]

short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil

6005  It was on the side of my house on May 23rd 2017 in Surrey BC Canada.  Weather, damp, then hot.  Tami This is a short-snouted/broad-nosed weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae), but the image is not clear enough for a more specific identification. The adults basically are nuisance pests that cause no serious harm, but their […]

Biting midge larvae

6004    Found on rope attached to a dock. Six Mile Lake, Port Severn Ontario. May 21, 2017. I cannot be certain, but these might be larvae of biting midges in the family Ceratopogonidae – see https://tinyurl.com/ybpw4oal for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Bed Bug

6003  smaller than apple seed.. may 24weekend rural Ontario in an RV..   Thanks in advance.  Brian.  This is a bed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cimicidae), but the image is not clear enough to determine whether it is a human bed bug or a closely related species such as a bat bug. See https://tinyurl.com/zawv29f for a very detailed article […]

American carrion beetle

6002  I have never seen this beetle here before. Found it on top of my backyard gate post in Ottawa, Ontario in mid May. This is an American carrion beetle, Necrophila americana (Coleoptera: Silphidae). See https://tinyurl.com/k4u7p3y for images and additional information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

cecropia moth caterpillar

6001    Hi.  This picture was taken on a friend’s farm near Endeavour, Saskatchewan almost 10 years ago. At the time nobody could identify it.   It was found in a recently planted sea buckthorn windbreak row. Never saw one before or since. This guy was kept by the children and fed sea buckthorn leaves until he […]

Grain weevil

6000   Hi, I was finally able to get a good picture of the bugs that were in the rental we moved into .   You mentioned that they were most likely weevils but the pics were blurry … would you mind looking at this pic and , if possible , narrowing down the type ??  Thanks again for […]


5999   Could you please help in identifying this insect. I have swarms of them around my house, the cover everything from my BBQ, my table to my car. This is a male mayfly (order Ephemeroptera). These do not feed as adults or otherwise cause any physical damage, but can become extreme nuisances when large swarms […]

terrestrial crustacean (sow bug)

5998   Hello!    My name is Travis, and I live in southern Ontario.  We’ve seen a few of these guys in our master bathroom in the past few days and would love an identification.  I hope the photo is clear enough.  My best guess is some kind of sowbug?     They are small (maybe as long as my fingernail, <1cm).  […]

Reproductive caste termite

5997      can you tell me what this bug is?    Thank you.   Jackie  This is a reproductive caste termite. You may wish to have your premises inspected by a professional termite control company. See http://tinyurl.com/z6nhap8 elsewhere on this site for a directory of professional concerns in Canada. If you live in the United States, see http://tinyurl.com/ddsa37 […]

assassin bug

5996   Can you please tell me what is this bug?  Hang Ha This appears to be a nymph of Reduvius personatus, a peridomestic species of assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter. These are reported as having a very painful but not dangerous bite. See http://tinyurl.com/23g4bdy for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired […]

fairy shrimp crustacean

5995  My name is Bailey and live in northern Alberta, I found this little guy in the swamp out back. Not too sure if it’s a larvae or what.  anyone know?? This is a crustacean known as a fairy shrimp (class Branchiopoda; order Anostraca). I often encountered these in temporary pools in the early spring […]

larder beetle

5994    Hey just wondering what kind of beetle this is. Found it under the bathroom sink with about 15 more. Lots of sawdust and wood around them. I looked on the site to see if it was posted and couldn’t find one like it. This is a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), a peridomestic […]

Dog Tick

5993  Good Morning.   I went for a walk in some grassland with a few trees here and there, not far from a beachy area on Lake Ontario and since then have found several of the bugs that you can see in the attached photo.   They don’t bite or anything but seem to hook themselves on to your skin […]