Entries by Pest Control Canada

Click Beetle

5673  What is this beetle? Sharon.   Outside.  Langford, BC This is a click beetle (Coleoptera: Elateridae). I cannot be certain from this image, but it might be Selatosomus suckleyi – see http://tinyurl.com/jdrktbc for an image. Very little appears to be known about the life history of this species. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

long-horned wood-boring beetle

5672 Hi there. I assume this is some sort of “long-horned wood-boring beetle” but would love more specifics. This guy and a number of his brethren chewed their way out of hardwood (mulberry) we had brought in for the fire from our woodpile. They have emerged over the past few days (early May).  Body just around […]

House Centipede

5671  Hi, my name is Jane, I am in Ottawa, Ontario I found this guy n my kitchen, it’s spring with warm dry weather. I think it came in from the yard on a blanket. It looks similar to the house centipede but not sure. It’s about an inch long with very long striped antennae-type […]


5670   This guy I found on my girlfriends back after we went outside for a smoke at 4 am in Edmonton Alberta. Let’s just say he won’t be bothering us no more but would like to know if they are common or not here. May13 2016 this was taken. Thanks for your help. This is […]


5669   Hi,  I found this bug in my one year old condo in Toronto.  They are very tiny, about 1-2 mm long.  They mainly locate in the bathroom floor, but also found in the bedroom drywall as well.  I also located them in the main entrance dry wall. The humidity of my home is around […]

Assassin bug nymph

5667  Hi, I found this insect on my daughter’s neck today. When I got it off of her and was taking a picture, it seemed to be aggressive like it was making itself look big. I’m in Abbotsford, BC. It has been in the high 20’s to low 30’s here. Can you please help me […]

Fairy Moths

5666  We live in a rural area in Victoria B.C. and have notices hundreds of these flying bugs outside. We have never seen these here before. I hope you can help. Thank you Norma This might be a fairy moth (Lepidoptera: Adelidae); see http://tinyurl.com/hgycfhl for an example. Some species in this family have very long […]


5665   I found these eggs attached to the inside of one of my deck boards.  Photo was taken May 2016 from Windsor, ON Canada. Should I be worried? Thanks for your time.   Michelle These look like small puff ball mushrooms. We are not experts on mushrooms so you may want to check the structural integrity of […]

Death-Watch beetle

5664 Found about 40 of these bugs one night in my basement. They are very small and these photos are the best I could take.  They do fly around. Live in Guelph Ontario. and it was April 30 when observed. Please help identify so I can get rid of them. Thanks,  Trevor This looks like a […]


5663  Hello,  Attached find a photo of a pest we found in our bed the night after my daughter got three nasty bites. They became swollen red bumps by the next morning, and are quite itchy, but not painful. No other symptoms. For scale, the bug is about 2-3mm long.  I suspect our cat, who […]

Folding door trapdoor spider

5660  From Saltspring Island BC Canada.  On May 4 2016.  This spider’s body (head to bottom less legs) measures about 2 cm long and 3/4cm wide.  Tara. This appears to be another folding-door trapdoor spider in the family Antrodiaetidae; see nos. 5638, 5640, and 5656 for other examples. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.

Modoc carpenter ants.

5661 &5662  Hi,  There seems to be an uprising of these large ants in the last couple days, in multiple locations around Wakaw Saskatchewan.  Just wondering what they are and if they need to be exterminated? Thanks in advance! Jaimie.  These are female reproductive carpenter ants, probably Modoc species. The ant on the right has been fertilized […]

How to get rid of ants

I seem to have an infestation of ants…other than traps how can I get rid of them? You should first identify what species of ants you have.   Treatment will vary for most species.  Some can be controlled with pesticide sprays, some with bait and some by altering the environment.  Spraying pesticides could also make the problem […]

Checkered beetle or flower beetle

5659  Hi there! Wondering if anyone knows if this bug could be the pest that is biting my daughter multiple times and leaving horrible bites!? (100% she is not being bitten by bed bugs).  We are in Ontario. Thanks so much! Kristin This insect would not be responsible for any bites, it looks like either […]

Scarlet Malachite beetle

5658   I wonder if you could help me identify some critters that have been climbing my living room windows in the last few days. They have a red shell, with a dark stripe down the center of the back, covering the wings. They are approximately 1/2 inch long.   Thank you very much.  Reg B.  Edmonton […]

Flying ants

Every spring I see numerous flying ants on the tongue and groove ceiling of my living room but they are only visible for a few days.  Should I be concerned.   John J.   Gulf Islands. Yes you should be concerned.  Winged ants indoors in early spring are a likely sign of carpenter ant nests.  They are […]

Leaf Beetle

5657  Hi my name is Matthias.  Last few weeks a lot of these guys have popped up in my house. I live in Brampton Ontario Canada. They’re mainly on my ceiling and high up on my walls, they fly and are 2-4mm when we get a closer look they tuck their feet in and dont […]

Persistent Clothes Moths

I have been dealing with since January. All my clothes are in plastic bags and containers. I have had my place sprayed by a pest control company – bottom of couch, cracks in closets, etc. Wherever they usually spray, they have sprayed. I also have peramone traps set up. For 10 days after spraying (March […]

Trapdoor spider

5656   Hi, I dug up a fern in my mother’s yard and came across this spider.. With the whole body it was about the size of a toonie.. My mother lives in Langford BC. ( Vancouver Island ). I have never seen anything like this and am very curious if you could tell me which […]

Funnel Weaver Spider

5655   Hi there,  I found this spider stradldling the inside corner of my frontroom wall.   I have never seen a spider this size in my house before.  What kind of spider is this?  I live in Westbank,   BC.  Thank you for your time and help!  Lana This spider is in the family Agelenidae (funnel weaver/grass […]

Jumping Spider

5654   I thought this was a jumping spider, though it never jumped, but then I was told it was a brown recluse. I noticed there are no brown recluses on your site, so it thought if this is one, it might be a good addition to your list. The spider came around the open window […]

Sex Pheromones: Birth Control for Moths

A new moth pest control program lures male moths and covers them in artificial pheromone perfume, which leads female ones to lose interest in breeding. Clothes moths damage both clothing items and furniture, particularly during mild and wet winters. Sexually confusing moths has emerged as a way to force the pests out of the closet. […]

Larder Beetle

5653 Hi,  I’m from Ottawa, ON. I keep finding these in our house. Maybe a beetle? They’re pretty small (no bigger then 5mm?), black body with brown it.  Your assistance is appreciated,  Marc. This is a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), a cosmopolitan household pest. See http://tinyurl.com/go89o66 for more detailed information. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; […]

Leaf Beetle

5652   This is an odd bug that I constantly find on the screen door and sliding door of my cabin on the water, in Osoyoos, BC. Canada’s only desert. I’m not sure where they come from, but they re-appear nearly as fast as I can kill or get rid of them, at all times of […]

Butterfly (Many Banded Daggerwing)

5651  The attached moth or butterfly visited my ship quarters while off the northern coast of Colombia. It stayed with me all night before flying off. The date was December 10, 2015. Identification will be appreciated. Howard. This looks like Marpesia chiron (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae), known as the many-banded daggerwing – see http://tinyurl.com/j67kw36 for images and […]

Black Vine Weevil

5650  Found most times in the bathroom once a week in March & now April. Last time found in the fridge. Some times relatively mild outside.  Fred Jones This looks like a black vine weevil, Otiorhynchus sulcatus, a broad-nosed /short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae); see http://tinyurl.com/jrj5oeh  for an image. These weevils often enter buildings […]

long-horned wood-boring beetle

5649  Hi there,  I have these bugs walking all over my front deck. Just wondering if I should be worried about a nest or about having them around.  I am in Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC and it is mid-April. Thanks very much! Irene This is a long-horned wood-boring beetle (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae); it looks like Hybodera tuberculata, a […]

Blister Beetle (Female)

5648  This beetle was found on a trail close to Salmon Arm on Shuswap Lake, in southern BC. It appeared to be attempting to dig itself into the ground when first spotted.  After being disturbed it moved quickly searching for cover of some kind.  It was about one inch long, not including the antlers.  It […]

Mayfly male

5647   Hi. I found this guy on my car. It was a warm day at the beginning of April in Gibsons, BC.   Thanks! This is a male mayfly (order Ephemeroptera); it may be a subimago, the stage that emerges from the nymphal exoskeleton and flies to a (hopefully) safe location where it sheds its ‘skin’ […]

Lady Beetles

5646     South of Indianapolis,  LOOKS LIKE LADY BUG BUT BODY IS ELONGATED. FOUND IN FLOWER GARDEN, March 2016  ML These are indeed lady beetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae); specifically, they are Coleomegilla maculata, known as the spotted lady beetle – see http://tinyurl.com/glf33x3 for an image. I often see these in our vegetable garden.  

Larva (Rodent Bot fly)

#5475  This was found on my laundry room floor in Boulder Colorado just now.  It’s a little over an inch long, dark brown and ringed, with a yellowish “nose.”  It’s creeping very slowly.  What the heck is this? This is a mature larva/prepupa of a rodent bot fly (Diptera: Cuterebridae; Cuterebra sp.) – see  http://tinyurl.com/naggfdc […]


5645 My name is Charlotte. This bug was found in Vanderhoof British Columbia.  I found this bug in my bathroom where swallows have gotten in and built a nest in the fan ducting above. They might be gone now as I can’t hear them. This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae); it looks like a member […]