Entries by Pest Control Canada

March Fly

5729  There are thousands of these “flys” around my outside light and on my outside door at nighttime. Can you tell me what they are?  Bill This is a March fly (Diptera: Bibionidae). The adults are harmless nuisance pests, but the larvae of some species can damage plant roots – see http://tinyurl.com/zcq38lr for more detailed […]

Orb Weaver spider

5728  This spider was found on a outdoor deck at Christina Lake in southern B.C. on the 28th of June on a hot afternoon in the shade. It was aproximately 2 inches long. Thanks for help with I.D. Is it poisonous? We have babies and young children. Should we worry? – This is an orb […]

Daddy long legs

5727     Found in my hot tub.   Hope you know what it is.  Thanks.  Garry This appears to be a very dead (probably from drowning) arachnid in the order Opiliones. Commonly known as harvestmen or daddy long-legs, they are non-venomous and harmless to humans. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Tailed frog

5726   Found around Valemount, British Columbia on 7/8/2016.   Roberta This might be one of the so-called ‘tailed frogs’ in the genus Ascaphus. If so, it would have a short, stubby tail between its hind legs (cannot tell for certain from your image). See http://tinyurl.com/jgvaset for an example. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

long-horned wood-boring beetle

5725  Found around Valemount, British Columbia on 7/8/2016.   Roberta This might be a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae), but I cannot be certain because of the angle at which the photo was taken and not knowing its approximate size. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.


5724  Found this while I was on my bed. I think it pinched my finger when I was brushing it off my pants… Just wondering what it is. I am in Saskatchewan Canada. Thanks ! Paulina This is an arachnid called a pseudoscorpion. They are general predators on other small arthropods and completely harmless to […]

Assassin bug (the masked hunter)

5723  From Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  My husband found this bug in our kitchen near one of our windows. It was end of June. Wondering if it is an Assassin bug/kissing bug and if i need to worry about possible infestation or parasites? Only seen this one so far.  Andrea This is indeed an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: […]

Click Beetle

5722   Hello,  Found about 5 in the last week.  Always in kitchen. Started seeing them in mid June. In Montreal, Quebec. About 1cm in length. Don’t remember seeing any during the winter. Seem to see more of them in the house when it’s warm and humid outdoors (we usually have the a/c on pretty high)  Thank […]

Ground spider

5721   Vernon, B.C. July 2nd. I walked into my bathroom at night and flicked on the light. I caught this thing running hurriedly back and forth scroll the medicine cabinet shelf. I think it was startled by the light. After a couple passes, I watched it wiggle it’s spinners from side to side and descend […]

Dragonfly nymph

5720  My mother took this picture at her cottage in Porter’s Lake NS Canada.  My mother said that the dragon fly was eating this other bug (brown one) she was wondering what kind of bug it is. This is a nymph and newly emerged adult Hagenius brevistylus (Odonata: Gomphidae), a dragonfly known as the dragonhunter, […]

Signal Fly

5719  This was taken July 4th in Embrun Ontario. They are found near the pool area and measure around 4 mm. They also bite and leaves a bump around 2mm. Can you tell me what they are? Terry This does not look like any species of biting fly found in your area. It looks more like […]

Ermine moth

5718  My name is Aaron, I just moved into a house in caledon Ontario. I have these little white insects with black spots making webs all over several of the bushes around my property. The bushes don’t look dead yet, but they look like they are being consumed by the nests of these bugs. I […]

sunflower moth caterpillar

I live in San Diego, CA  & have been finding these guys in & outside of my home. I’ve also been seeing a bunch of moths in the pantry & would rather not have these guys in the house at least. My name is Raid & they started appearing mid June. Thanks for any info […]

Carrion beetle

5716  My name is Rebecca, I live in Barrie Ontario. My son loves catching and collecting bugs. He found this one in our back yard. I’ve looked it up on line and the closes I can find to it is a wasp Beatle. But the information I’m getting is they are almost extinct and are […]

red-banded leafhopper.

5715 Hamilton Ontario,   June 26th 2016,   30° Celsius I was outside and it felt as of something bit me on the back of my leg. Thinking it was a mosquito I smacked it and instead it was this colourful bug that I was unable to identify. I took the photo after smacking the bug off […]

Western poplar clearwing moth

5714  Photo taken June 25, 2016 in Williams Lake, BC. Thanks for your help in identifying. Debbie. These are moths in the family Sesiidae; they look like Paranthrene robiniae, known as the western poplar clearwing moth; see http://tinyurl.com/zfrwrfd for some images. Their caterpillars tunnel in the wood of poplars and willows as well as ornamental birches, often […]

Rose chafer

5713   My name is Carley, I live in Nanaimo, BC it is mid-June and I noticed this egg cluster in my garden. It started to hatch three or four days ago, one picture is of the hatched eggs, the other is of the little bugs. Hopefully they are clear enough pictures to identify what has […]

Rose Chafer

5712   Hello, I live in Ottawa Ontario and these bugs are everywhere eating my plants especially my fruit tree leaves. They started to show up on the 15th of June, and they where around all summer until the end of August.  They are around 3/8ths long and brown with black wings. Like no. 5710, this […]

Lady Bird Beetle Larva

5711   Something is eating the leaves on my snowball bush. This is the third year.  The leaves are like lace, but I can never see any grubs, day or night.  All I see is a number of these little characters.  Could this be the culprit?  If so, how do I spoil his lunch?  Brian This […]

Rose Chafers

5710  A lady in UXBRIDGE took this picture this week. What are they and how to get rid of???   Thanks very much.    DR These appear to be rose chafers (Macrodactylus subspinosus; Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae), a destructive pest species. See http://tinyurl.com/hdg4zfx for some control suggestions. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.  


5709  Neil.  Nanton, AB,   Carpeted basement.  Caught on insect trap with several house spiders.   Neil This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), a member of a huge family that includes thousands of different species. This one does not appear to be any of the commonly encountered pest species and likely simply is an accidental intruder. Ed Saugstad, […]

Larder Beetle

5708  Found a few of these guys in my carpeted hallway they have wing and can kind of fly what is it? I’m in Caister Center Ontario  (country). I put it in water does not seem to be doing great in it guessing it can’t swim.  Meghan.  This is a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: […]

Scarab beetle larva

5707   Stephen in south east New Brunswick.  I found a couple of these today after removing grass for a new garden area. They are about 1.25 inches uncurled, the body is translucent and looks a bit like a shrimp.   Thanks,  Stephen This is a larva of a scarab beetle (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) in the subfamily Melolonthinae. […]

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.