Entries by Pest Control Canada

banded Argiope spider

5769  Hello. This is in my garden. I would really like to know what it is!! I am terrified of them but I find this one intriguing. In the past 7 days its doubled in size. Hope you can help!!  Erin This is Argiope trifasciata, an orb weaver known as the banded Argiope. It is […]


5768  The attached photo was taken in the Boundary Waters of Minnesota in August, on the bark of a birch tree. It appears to be a tight cluster of fifty or sixty black 1/4″ six-legged insects(?), being “herded” (so it appears) by six or eight large black ants moving around the perimeter of the cluster. […]

Bald-faced hornets

5767  Hi my name is Diana and I live in Tecumseh Ontario and it is mid August. I have a Manitoba maple infestation of wasp like bugs that fly and sting. They are burrowing in the trunk of the tree.  There is no visible nest near them, yet they are swarming and burrowing into the […]

Bed Bug

5766  Beside the tweezers. Found in the corner of drywall. Summertime in Oshawa Ontario.  Jen Unfortunately, this is a bed bug. See http://tinyurl.com/hwz5tea elsewhere on this site for more information and control recommendations. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.  

Get rid of ticks

4595  When I was out hiking and came back to my house I brought in ticks. How do I get them out of my house? Make sure your pets do not have ticks and keep them away from outdoor potential tick infested areas. Consider bathing pets with a flea and tick shampoo. Vacuum 100% of […]

Mud dauber wasp

5765  Can you tell me what this is and is it dangerous? This is a thread-wasted wasp (Hymenoptera: Sphecidae), it appears to be Sceliphron caementarium , known as the black-and-yellow mud dauber. They are  of danger only to the spiders that they capture, sting, and paralyze as provisions for their larvae. See http://tinyurl.com/gpubxfa for much […]

Get rid of moles in garden

4594  Why do I get moles in my garden beds and how can I get rid of them? what are they seeking in the garden? Moles eat a wide range of soil inhabiting soft-bodied creatures including some pests but they also consume large numbers of earthworms that are common in most gardens. Getting rid of […]

Stink bug nymph

5764   Good evening,  I came upon your website when I was trying to identify an insect I found outside in my tomato garden. I scanned through some pictures on your website but I didn’t see my exact bug. I’ve attached 2 photos of it having some lunch. I took these today, August 7th in Nova […]

hump-winged cricket

5763  Location of photo: North Okanagan   BC.  Question: Could you possible identify the following insect? It’s body is about one inch long.  Thank you .  Sincerely,  Heather This appears to be Cyphoderris monstrosa, a hump-winged cricket (Orthoptera: Prophalangopsidae) known as a great grig -see http://tinyurl.com/zctwakz for an image. Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

marbled orb weaver spider

5762  I believe this to be an orb weaving spider – I don’t see one exactly like this on your site. This was found in Montreal, Quebec but may have hitched a ride back from the region north of Quebec City. Thank you for your help, we are fascinated by this amazing creature.  -Angus This is an […]

Mayfly exoskeleton

5761  Kingston Ontario.  Live near water… Siding is covered with these for several weeks… Only about 1/4 long.  Don This is a shed ‘skin’ (exoskeleton) of an immature mayfly. These insects are a vital part of the freshwater food web, but they can become nuisances when they emerge by the gazillions – see http://tinyurl.com/hkxk3y6. Saugstad, […]

Cicada nymph

5760 Found in our yard  we live in Georgetown Ontario.  Peggy  This is a nymph of a cicada (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae), likely in the genus Neotibicen. These usually are called either annual cicadas (some emerge every year after spending two to five years underground) or dog-day cicadas (because they usually emerge in late summer). Saugstad, retired entomologist; […]

orb weaving spider

5759   My daughter may have got bit what is this? Is this even a spider. This is an orb weaving spider (family Araneidae) in the genus Neoscona, likely N. arabesca – see http://tinyurl.com/j8zzap9 for an image. These spiders very seldom bite unless they are picked up and handled carelessly, and their bite is not at […]

broad-nose/short-snouted weevil

5758  Hello,  I have been finding 2-3 of these a month in my (finished) basement in Calgary Alberta, year round.  They are often dead when I find them.  They move slowly and have a strong shell.  The largest was nearly 1 cm long but almost always they are around 7-8mm.  I think they are ‘Weevils’ but they […]

Leaf footed bug

5757   Lone Pine, Ca. Hot dry dessert at the base of Mt. Whitney. It was on my leg yesterday afternoon. I panicked at hit it and it sat still in the ground. Looks like it flies. Didn’t smell anything or hear it make a noise. My husband smashed it before I could study it. Lived […]

Wood Wasp

5756   Randy from Alberta. Just noticed him hanging around my backyard and you can hear those 4 wings as it Flys. About 2.5-3″ long from head to stinger.  This is wood wasp (Hymenoptera: Siricidae) in the genus Urocerus, it looks like Urocerus flavicornis; see http://tinyurl.com/gptjc33 for an image. Their larvae tunnel in the wood of […]

Metallic wood-boring beetle

5755   This bug was found in Brockville Ontario, Canada, while camping by a lake. He has wings as I did see it fly. Could you please identify it for me? Thanks so kindly!  Eva This is a metallic wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Buprestidae). Also called jewel beetles because of their often iridescent colours, their larvae (flat-headed […]

Mud nests.

4593  What makes mud tubes in lawns and mud houses in the corners of our stucco house. Inside it there is 1 larva? Mud dauber wasps could be constructing nests on your home.   Send a photo for identification.

Mice in furnace pipes

4592  Can mice enter an air intake pipe to a furnace if the outside mesh screen is fine and not damaged? Mice can enter any hole or crack big enough to get their skull through. (Smaller than a dime).  Look for any small gaps around the pipe and rub marks from their oily fur.

Millipedes in strawberries.

5754  These worms have been destroying my strawberries.  Found near Winnipeg, MB.  Dave These ‘worms’ actually are millipedes, arthropods in the class Diplopoda. Some species will indeed damage tender plant parts (including soft fruits) that are close to or on the ground. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.    

Cicada invasion in eastern Canada?

 The recent appearance of numerous cicadas has many Canadians in the maritimes concerned but according to David McCorquodale, Dean of Science and Technology, Cape Breton University there is nothing to be concerned about. “In Nova Scotia there are no reasonable ground to be concerned about a mass emergence of cicadas this summer.  The three species […]

Genetically modified mosquitoes approved to battle Zika in Florida Keys

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved genetically modified mosquitoes as part of a trial to control the Zika outbreak in the Florida Keys. The agency announced the approval  saying it would not have a significant impact on the environment. Meanwhile, aerial and ground spraying of pesticides continues.  The British company Oxitec developed the mosquitoes, which are modified […]

Cicada exoskeleton

5753   This bug (carcass) was about an inch long (a bit less).  Seen this week in Ottawa.  Hot weather.  Outdoors. This is the exoskeleton of a cicada, likely one of the so-called annual (some emerge every year after spending two to five years underground) or dog-day (they usually emerge in late summer) cicadas. Most of […]


5752  The attached photo is a bug that crawled out of a plum pit that my daughter was eating. They are from BC and I had just bought them today. Please tell me what this bug is. Thank you, Angela This is an earwig (order Dermaptera). Earwigs are very common nuisance pests that usually do little […]

Cockroach control products

4591  Need to know the name of white powder which is used by professionals to treat Cockroaches? and where it is available and cost. Thanks in advance.  Most insecticide dusts are only available to licensed professionals. Gel bait is now the most common cockroach control product used by professionals and it may be available to […]

cobweb/comb-footed spiders

5751  Hi I am from Newfoundland Canada and I found these little guys climbing on my house right above my door and I’m just wondering what kind of spider they are. Can you help me please? I found it weird that 2 of them were hanging out together and seemed to be following each other. […]

Nymph of dirt coloured seed bug.

5750  Thanks for the help,  we are being invaded in central Kelowna near the downtown core.  The bugs have been covering our buildings and it is hard to keep them out.  They look a little like a boxelder bug but lack the red marks, and they are about 1/8 inch long in the small version […]

A strange one

5749   In Ottawa, ON, about 3mm long, swarms of them came out on a hot summer day and running around the concrete/pavers. I hate to admit it, but this one has me (temporarily, at least) completely bamboozled. It superficially resembles a nymph of a damsel bug (see http://tinyurl.com/hg5ues5 for an example), but I do not […]

Yellowjacket wasp

5748  Hi. My name is Sarita.I live in Surrey, BC,. We have a lot of bees (picture attached) in our house. I need your help how we can remove them and their nest. Thanks. Sarita.  Enclosed: indoor pictures of bee.  This is not a bee.  It is a Yellowjacket wasp.  If you can find the […]

dirt-colored seed bug

5747  Location: Beamsville, Ontario.  All of a sudden we have found a large amount of these bugs in our front porch area and entering the home. Mark This is a dirt-colored seed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhyparochromidae); it resembles Raglius alboacuminatus, a European species that has become established in the Pacific Northwest – see http://tinyurl.com/gmqq2g7 for an image. […]

Horntail wood wasp pupa

5746   Hi, this bug is in my firewood. Some just under bark, and some in middle of wood.  This is a pupa of a wood wasp known as a horntail (Hymenoptera: Siricidae). Their larvae tunnel in the wood of dead/dying trees, where they often fall victim to giant ichneumon wasps in the genus Megarhyssa – […]

dog-day cicadas or harvestflies

5745  Hello I’m Leo. I found this while sweeping outside my work, and I’ve never seen anything like it. It was HUGE (About the size of a Bic lighter) and wouldn’t fly when nudged. I’m in South Carolina, USA.   Thank you! This is a cicada (Hemiptera/Auchenorrhyncha: Cicadidae); it appears to be in the genus Neotibicen. […]

Stink bug nymph

5744   Hi, my name is Ronna. I found this bug in my back yard in Moncton, NB on a hot sunny July day.  What is it? This is a nymph of a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae) in the genus Podisus. Bugs in this genus are known as soldier bugs, and as general predators on many […]