Entries by Pest Control Canada

click beetle

5811  Can you please help In identifying this bug found in my house, London Ontario. Thank  you.  Mark This is a small click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae); these are accidental intruders that will do no damage indoors. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Powder post beetles

5810  Hi could you identify what insect makes these holes? I believe it may be a beetle of some kind. Brad.  Walkerton Ontario. The size of the holes and the very fine sawdust would indicate powder post beetles are doing the damage. See http://tinyurl.com/gqgf7gr for tips on distinguishing the types of wood-boring beetles based on […]

mygalomorph spider

5809   Hi,   I live in Kelowna BC  This beauty was found in my garage in November 2015.  I recently (couple of weeks ago – August 2016)  found another while walking down the road not far from my house.  I am curious as to what it is.  They are approximately the size of a loonie.  Thank […]

nymph or exoskeleton of a nymph of a cicada

5808   What kind of bug is this please?   This was taken in Toronto this morning. (Sept. 29) Roland. This is either a nymph or exoskeleton of a nymph of a cicada (Hemiptera/ Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae), likely that of one of the so-called ‘dog-day’ cicadas in the genus Neotibicen. The nymphs of these insects spend one to […]

carrion/burying beetle

5807  HI my name is Kevin. I’m from Sundre, Alberta, Canada. It’s the beginning of fall.  I have found these beetles in my house before and upon hours of looking online I can’t seem to find a match for them. Ive found some close but not the same. This one is approximately 2-2.5cm long. And […]

western conifer seed bug

5806    Can you please let me know what kind of bugs these are? My husband mentioned how they looked like Chagas (the kissing bugs) and I’ve been worried ever since. We live in Bc Canada and they have been all over our house for the past month. Thanks This is a harmless nuisance pest; it’s […]

Wasps in apartment

4599  An elderly friend has had wasps entering her apartment presumably through a spare bedroom window although we don’t know how.  They essentially come in to die.  They are sluggish when they first appear and are dead soon after.  Why?  We are in Kingston Ontario.  They aren’t particularly bothersome but my friend is preoccupied with […]

predaceous diving beetle

5805   Hi. My name is Tim, and I am located in Hanwell, New Brunswick. I found this dried out husk in my patio door track. I believe it may be a dried out, deflated June Bug, but I wanted to make sure it wasn’t something nasty that got into my house. It appears to be […]

fungus feeder or scavenger

5804    I live in Minnesota and have never seen this tiny super bright red beetle type bug that borrows little holes all over the place. I pulled this long out of my old 1800’s Catholic Church that rest on my farm. Weather right now is 75 and hardly any humidity. It Sept.19th 2016. And I […]


5803   Hi there, I found this very tiny insect in my bathroom. It has an oval shape and yellow color, 6 legs and 2 antennas. The macro zoom is 19x. Could I please know the name of this insect?   Thank you in advance,   – Gregory This is not an insect, but a mite. What appear to […]

Cave orb weaver spider

5802  This is a spider that had MANY buddies, they were in the crawlspace under a house our employees were working in Muskoka Lakes, Ontario.  Him and his friends scared the guys, they are convinced he is toxic, I believe he is not.  Would you like to settle our argument. Jennifer.  This spider, Meta ovalis, is […]

Box Elder bug swarm

5801  My name is Cynthia Reason and I’m a reporter with Metroland Media Toronto.  I was wondering if you can tell me if the insects in the attached photo are Box Elders Bugs or not?  We’ve had a couple of concerned residents contact us about a fairly large swarm of them in York, and we […]

Dermestid Beetle

5800  Hello, found this little guy on my pillow this morning in my apartment. About 4mm long. I believe he has wings but has not flown. I don’t have any bites on me (I’ve had bedbug bites in the past while travelling). No other signs of bugs or feces. Please keep me know what you think.  Thanks, Jill […]

Foreign grain beetle

5799  Hi, I’m from waterloo Ontario. I am finding these tiny beetle bugs constantly in my home. I have no idea what they are or if it’s a real issue. I’ve attached a few pictures. Thank you Samantha This appears to be Ahasverus advena (Coleoptera: Silvanidae), a nuisance pest known as the foreign grain beetle or […]


5798  Hello I am from winnipeg Manitoba, it is September 15th and in the 20s for out door temperature. I found this bug climbing down my wall in my house, I am going through bed bug treatments and was last sprayed September 13th. I am hoping that what ever this bug is, that it is […]

Boxelder bugs

5797    Hello.   I am in Kingston, ON and curious to know what this specimen might be.  I found many of them sunning themselves on the stucco of a foundation.   Thank you for this service,   Matthew. These are boxelder bugs (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhopalidae; Boisea sp.); likely the eastern boxelder bug, B. trivittata. These basically are nuisance pests […]

female orb weaving spider

5796  Can you please tell me what kind of spider this is. Found on a cement pad in Thunder Bay, Sept 13/2016 Sunny weather, Helen This is a female orb weaving spider in the genus Araneus that has deposited her eggs and is approaching the end of her natural life. Both A. marmoreus and A. […]


5795   Found in our daughter’s bed after she woke up with bites!  Measures about 1-2mm – very small!  Thank you!  Susi.  Calgary. This a flea that will feed on any warm blooded creature, especially humans.  To eliminate them in your home 1) Take your pets to a vet for treatment, 2) Vacuum, Vacuum, vacuum. 3) […]

burying/sexton beetle Beetle with hitch-hikers

5794  Hi I’m wondering what kind of bug this is. It’s a beetle type bug with little red spiders/ticks all over it. It flew in my car window as I was driving. My name is Brad and I live in Bancroft Ontario Canada. This is a burying/sexton beetle (Coleoptera: Silphidae) in the genus Nicrophorus. The little red critters […]

Well fed Toronto bed bug

5793  Last night I sent a picture of a bug I found in my bed. It was taken with my cell. I found a live version of this bug this morning on my carpet and have taken a better picture with my camera (I hope). I really hoping it isn’t a bedbug. Once again, I […]

Common orb weaving spider

5792   My nabour has this one in her garden. She is wanting to know the name of it pls. This is Argiope aurantia, an extremely common, widespread and harmless (to humans) orb weaving spider. See http://tinyurl.com/hzr5jab for much more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.    

Reproductive winged ant

5790  Hi,   My name is Leslie and we live in Calgary.  We noticed hundreds of these flying insects (both large as in the picture and many very tiny ones as well) around a large window on our stair landing and then found hundreds more along the base of one wall in an unfinished part of our basement.  […]

cockroach nymphs

5789  We are trying to identify the attached insects.  My location is Albuquerque, NM.  They are very small, between 4-5 mm (~3/16ths of an inch), end to end, not including antennae.  We are concerned these could be immature roaches, but we have lived here ten years and have never had them.  We have not seen any […]

white-margined burrower bug nymph

5788   Hi, this is Lili from Moncton New Brunswick. Found these bugs around outdoor plants in early September.  They are very small, with black head, red body with stripes. And they appear in groups. There are some little red things around them, not sure whether those are eggs or babies. Please help, thanks!  Lili This appears to […]

Tussock moth caterpillar

5787   Hi.   This was found in Prince Edward Island (Sept 2016).  It is about 2” long +- and found on the grass by our propane tank. The 4 things on its back seemed to be soft and looked like the ends of paint brushes.  Any Idea of what type of caterpillar this is?  Thanks,  Derek This […]

Crane fly

5786   My name is Nolen.  I live in Delta, BC and it’s late summer. What is this thing I killed?  Thanks,  Nolen This is a crane fly.   The adults are a nuisance but considered harmless.  The species common in the pacific northwest are a serious problem because the larvae,  also known as leather jackets, feed […]

Reproductive termites

5785   From Al, BC coast, Canada.  Any idea what these are? quite a few around today in our house (September 3rd) never seen them before.  Many thanks This is a pair (male pursuing female) of reproductive termites. They often form pairs like this after emerging from their colony and shedding their wings. After mating, the female will […]

Orb weaving spider

5783   Hi there, Just wondering if you can id this spider for me. I took this photo this afternoon in a mosquito net under an apple tree nearby. I’m in Grantville, Cape Breton. It appears to have a small web in the net’s peak. It’s about 3 cm long tail to tip.  Thanks.  Adam This is a male […]

Sphinx Moth caterpillar

5782    This  Caterpillar was in Regina SASK Canada in AUG.  2016     Thanks  Conrad This is a fully grown caterpillar of a sphinx moth (Lepidoptera; Sphingidae); likely an Achemon sphinx, Eumorpha achemon. See http://tinyurl.com/znasbkt for images and details on its life history. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Zika threat in Florida fountain.

4598  I have a garden water fountain which I want to clean to prevent ZIKA bug from making it their home (if it comes this far north) . What can I use to clean it? are there professionals in the Stuart, FL area who perform this task? Mosquitoes do not lay eggs in moving water.  […]

broad-nose/short-snouted weevil

5781  This bug was found inside our hotel room in Vernon BC. It is the third we have found in the bedroom. Like Nos. 5779 and 5774, this is yet another broad-nose/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks […]

Pelecinus polyturator

5780   I have been seeing this bug recently here in Saint John NB in my back yard. The bug is smaller then the photo makes it out to be. The body of the bug is about a cm and the tail would be about 4-5 inches. It also flies. Please let me know if you […]