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Female German cockroach

6757.   I have lived in this apartment complex for over two years and have never seen any bugs to be concerned about, except for the attached pictures. This was taken in Toronto, Canada, January 18, 2020. Temperatures have been minus -15 Celcius in the past couple of days.

About my environment:
– 12th floor (if that changes anything)
– I wash my bathroom and kitchen monthly with a bleach mix
– I wash everything else weekly with normal cleaner
– Generally do not have any food out (other than food waste in garbage), and fresh fruits and vegetables which I buy every other day. + Pantry with dry items such as pasta, canned goods, etc.
– I have a humidifier in the living room and in my bedroom (if relevant)

About the bug:
– Never seen before in the two years I’ve been here (looks like a baby roach to me, which is my concern)
– As soon as I saw it i creeped up on it, and put it in a container, and then right in the freezer. (after taking the pictures I put the container back in the freezer)

Questions/Concerns:
– What is it?
– What should I do? Buy traps?
– Should I be concerned?
– Should i complain to the management company to have neighbours’ verified? I’m concerned a neighbour may be a “host” and they are now expanding?

 

 

Number 6757.  This is a female German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae) with her egg capsule (ootheca). This is a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control, especially in multi-unit dwellings. Management needs to be notified so that a comprehensive control program can be initiated. Click here elsewhere on these pages for some control recommendations.

Caterpillar of a day-flying moth

6756.    10. Date: 19 Jan 2020 , temperature 20-22 celcius. Naimed, Bijapur Chhattisgarh, India

 

Number 6756.  This looks like a caterpillar of a day-flying moth in the family Zygaenidae; Click here for an example. Some species can be pestiferous defoliators.

Young nymph of a German cockroach

6755.    No idea what this insect is. Can you help? Approx. 6 mm (head to tail). Distinctive back marking. Found near kitchen sink. Ottawa, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6755.  This is a young nymph of a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here for some control recommendations.

Nymph of a German cockroach

6754.    Sioux Lookout, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6754.  This is a nymph of a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here  for some control recommendations.

Huntsman/giant crab spider

6753.    Tucson, Arizona United States

 

Number 6753.  This is a huntsman/giant crab spider (family Sparassidae). They are not dangerous to humans.

Paper wasp

6752.    This insect was found in Brocolli that was purchased at Sobeys in Long Pond NL at 4:30pm Jan 14th, 2020. Store was contacted let them know and make aware of the bug at 5pm same day. The gentleman at the store said he thinks the brocolli came from Nova Scotia, Canada. Conception Bay South, Newfoundland and Labrador. Canada

 

Number 6752.  This is a paper wasp (Hymenoptera: Vespidae) in the genus Polistes. It most closely resembles Polistes aurifer Click here for an image. This primarily is a western species, but it has been reported from Prince Edward Island before. Like other vespids, it is capable of stinging, but these are not aggressive, and usually will sting only if handled roughly or their nest is disturbed.

German cockroach

6751.      I found this bug in some supplies I ordered and would like to know if this type of bug is harmless in any way Thanks. Princeton, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6751.  This is a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here for some control recommendations.

Grain beetle

6750.      Hi, I have been finding these black looking insects in my home by the washroom, in my closet and now bedroom. I am concerned since I’ve been seeing more of them and want to know how I can get rid of them. Please let me know what they are? And if I should be worried? Thank you, Sylvia. The Westmall, Etobicoke On. Canada

 

Number 6750.  This looks like a grain beetle in the genus Oryzaephilus (saw-toothed and merchant grain beetles). These can infest a wide variety of dry stored food products. Click here for more detailed information.

Yellow sac spider

6749.      This spider was sitting on a mirror, and I’d never seen something like it before. Very curious what it is… Port Moody, British Columbia. Canada

 

Number 6749.  Possibly a yellow sac spider (Chiracanthium sp.) Click here for an example.

Western conifer seed bug

6748.      Found this bug on the bed during the day on January 4,2020. Do not know what it is, maybe a wood cockroach?? We do have a fireplace and bring in wood. Or maybe a German cockroach?? Ottawa, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6748.  This is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae). Although harmless, these can become nuisance pests when they enter homes in search of shelter. Click here for more detailed information.

Western conifer seed bug

6747.      Ottawa, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6747.  This looks like a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae). Although harmless, these can become nuisance pests when they enter homes in search of shelter. Click here for more detailed information.

Firebrat

6746.      Have killed many of these during the past year, they walk around near my bathroom (mostly in my bathroom) that has a shower corner leak and mold on a wooden border of the floor behind the toilet. Dollard-des-Ormeaux, QC. Canada

 

Number 6746.  This looks like a firebrat (Thermobia domestica; Zygentoma: Lepismatidae) or a close relative. These basically are nuisance pests that seldom cause any real damage. Click here for more detailed information.

Pea/Bean weevil

6745.      These bugs are all over my Windows during the day, what are they? Dunnville, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6745.  This appears to be a pea/bean weevil (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae; subfamily Bruchinae); Click here for an image. Their larvae develop in whole seeds, usually those of plants in the legume family. You should check all areas where seeds of any kind (including bird seed) are stored for signs of infestation (Click here for an example) and discard/destroy any items found to be infested/damaged.

Booklouse

6744.      Calgary, Alberta. Canada

 

Number 6744.  The image is not clear enough to be certain, but it might be a booklouse (Psocodea: Liposcelidae). These basically are nuisance pests, feeding primarily on mould spores and bits of decomposing organic matter. They require high humidity in order to thrive. 

Dark-winged fungus gnat

6743.      Very small fly. Photo shot in macro mode. Found in washroom and kitchen during winter. Harmless, but is a nuisance, finding 5-6 of these everyday, even though i kill them. Not very difficult to kill it with bar hands. Milton, On. Canada

 

Number 6743.  This appears to be a dark-winged fungus gnat (Diptera: Sciaridae). Their larvae usually are found in very damp/wet soil high in organic matter content. If you have potted plants in your home, allowing the soil to dry out as much as practical between waterings should prevent any population buildup. Click here for some suggestions.

Sowbug

6742.      Wondering what kind of bug this is in Marathon Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6742.  This is a sowbug, a terrestrial crustacean in the order Isopoda; the vast majority of these are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter. They breathe through gills that must be kept moist, so keeping your environs as dry as possible will discourage them from staying.

Rove beetle

6741.      Found it in my greenhouse. Niagara, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6741.  This is a rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). These are general predators on other small invertebrates, mainly other insects. Click here for a more typical image

Carpet beetle

6740.      Can you please confirm, if possible, what type of bug this could be. It is extremely small and we have found about five in different areas of the house. Mississauga, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6740.  Possibly a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), but cannot be certain from this image. Click here for more information including control recommendations

Silverfish

6739.      Abbotsford, BC. Canada

 

Number 6739.  This appears to be a silverfish, Lepisma saccharina (Zygentoma: Lepismatidae) or a close relative. These basically are nuisance pests that seldom cause any real harm. Click here for additional information.

Brown marmorated stink bug

6738.      Found on side of window curtain in house in December. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6738.  This is a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae); an introduced species that has become a pest, primarily in orchards, in many areas of North America. They will come indoors in search for shelter, but do no harm there. Click here for more detailed information.

Sowbug

6737.      I find these insects in our basement all the time, regardless of the time of year. I primarily find them in the furnace room. We live in a 4 level split. Once I found them in the second story bathroom when I got up in the morning. Generally the are in the middle of the floor when the lights come on. They tend to remain motionless for a bit, then try and go towards the foundation walls. Any help getting rid of these would be greatly appreciated. Thank you for your time. Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Canada

 

Number 6737.  This is a sowbug, a terrestrial crustacean in the order Isopoda; the vast majority of these are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter. They breathe through gills that must be kept moist, so keeping your environs as dry as possible will discourage them from staying.

Nymph of an eastern boxelder bug

6736.      Since moving into this house 2 months ago, I’ve come across approximately a dozen of these bugs. I’m afraid to know what they are but need to know what we’re dealing with. There’s a constant stinky odour coming from the main floor half-bath however we haven’t found any of these bugs in this half-bath room. I catch them crawling along baseboards and ceiling/wall trims. I’ve been searching the web for a match but didn’t come across any, so far. Thanks in advance for your help. Penetanguishene, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6736.  This is a nymph of an eastern boxelder bug, Boisea trivittata (Hemiptera/Heteroptera; Rhopalidae). They feed primarily on the developing seeds of boxelder and related trees, but seldom cause any real harm. They often come indoors in search of shelter, where they can be real nuisances because of their offensive odor and staining qualities if crushed. Click here for additional information.

Booklouse

6735.      Found in cupboard around spices/pancake mix etc, cleaned cupboard out 3 days ago but still finding some on counters? London, Ontario. Canada.

 

Number 6735.  Thus is a booklouse, (Psocodea: Liposcelididae). These basically are nuisance pests that seldom cause any real harm. Click here for additional information.

Brown marmorated stink bug

6734.      I live in London, Ontario, on the top floor of a multiple storey apartment building. I found this spider on my countertop in the kitchen hiding near the teapot this afternoon. I was taken aback but managed to cover it with a small 2-inch high glass dish, 1 1/2 ” inside diameter at the bottom, which was on the top when I took the photo, and is visible. The spider appeared to have a flat, circular body, not plump, when I looked at first. I don’t see many spiders, and not like this. Could it have come in with potatoes from the store? There was freezing rain last night – car windshields needed scraping today. Was this just a pest coming in out of the cold? London, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6734.  This is not a spider, but a brown marmorated stink bug, Halyomorpha halys (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). This is an introduced species that has become a pest, primarily in orchards, in many areas of North America. They will come indoors in search for shelter, but do no harm there. Click here for more detailed information.

Firebrat

6733.      Hi. I’m from Iran. I saw the insect which I put its picture here last day in my apartment. It is possible to give some information about this insect and whether it is dangerous or not? Tehran, Karaj. Iran

 

Number 6733.  This is a firebrat, Thermobia domestica (Zygentoma: Lepismatidae) or a close relative. These basically are nuisance pests that seldom cause any real harm. Click here for additional information.

Bed bug

6732.      Montreal, Quebec. Canada

 

Number 6732.  This appears to be a bed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cimicidae). Click here for a very detailed fact sheet that includes some control recommendations.

Bed bug

6732.      Montreal, Quebec. Canada

 

Number 6732.  This appears to be a bed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cimicidae). Click here for a very detailed fact sheet that includes some control recommendations.

Springtail

6731.      Wonder if these are bedbugs. Took pictures with 10x zoom. Hyderabad, Telangana. India

 

Number 6731.  This is a springtail, a primitive arthropod in the order Collembola, closely related to true insects. These basically are harmless scavengers on bits of decomposing organic matter, but they can become nuisance pests when they occur indoors in large numbers. They are quite susceptible to desiccation, so keeping indoor humidity levels as low as practical is the best control

Rove beetle

6730.      This bug has clear wings, amber body part, six legs, moves very quickly on surface, seen only at night, inside the house ,never see it flying but abruptly shows up on counter top, table, sometimes crawling on floor. Byron Warner

 

Number 6730.  This is a rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). These are general predators on other small invertebrates, mainly other insects. Click here for a more typical image

Earwig

6729.      I live in almost the exact centre of B.C. I found this while working inside in my office, from other pictures it seems to me a maritime earwig but those I believe are on the coast, the nearest body of water to me besides the river would be about 10 miles, I have put it in an empty pill bottle, will I have others of this type in the house. I also have other pictures if you need them. Vanderhoof, BC. Canada

 

Number 6729.  This is indeed an earwig; likely a European earwig, Forficula auricularia. Click here for more detailed information.

nymphs of a German cockroach

6728.      I found these small black bugs with a brown spot on my kitchen counter late at night after turning the light on. I wonder what they are. Toronto

 

Number 6728.  Most likely young nymphs of a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control.  Click here  for some control recommendations.

Cellar spider

6727.      The insect picture is taken with a cell phone through a pocket microscope. The other picture occurred as my child was sitting quietly watching TV and then yelped. Swollen, red. Gone in about 2 hours. But it hurt. I’ve been seeing white flecks for a month, and I’ve been very itchy. I’ve noted them in our hair, treated our crew with Nix, twice. But now they are everywhere and the small white fibrous looking things progress to gelatinous globs, with perhaps 50 sacs stuck together, and all this not being larger than 1.5 MM. I have seen a translucent spider coming out of the walls (max 2mm long). It appears as if these things either jump. When I go to work, I don’t feel a scratch at all. When I return home, half an hour and I’m being bitten by something so small I have not been able to see it, but it has a pretty good pinch (worse than a mosquito, not a wasp). Lots of cobweb development in corners and little nooks. And we vacuum daily, ceiling to floor with a hepa vacuum. Over kill hepa airfilter, over-kill dehumidifier has always been on since we bought this trailer new 4 months ago. When you open the door at night you can see millions of specs of “dust” flying around, and they stick to our vehicles, and have the same gelatinous look as what is in the trailer absolutely everywhere. I seem to be the itchiest, like absolutely driving me crazy. Wife and oldest child less so. And youngest not much at all, with the exception of that bite. I feel as if they are coming through the smallest barely even draft producing cracks. Our neighbor noticed the same thing last week and has left. I’ve sprayed every chemical and fogged and they perhaps seem better for a day, but not long. All bedding and clothing and cupboards have been vacuumed and sprayed. Absolutely crazy. I literally feel as if the organism is entirely throughout the interior of our walls and small amounts seep into the trailer and then they are everywhere. If you scratch your head or cloths over a black nylon material it seems like little flecks of dandruff or lint falls out. But when I look through my microscope they have the same gelatinous and sometimes spiny fibre like appearance. Kelowna, BC. Canada

 

Number 6727.  The creature in the image appears to be cellar spider (family Pholcidae). These are not known to bite humans. It is quite possible that much of what you are experiencing may not be insect-related, Click here for details.

Booklice

6726.      I found around 20-30 of this tiny mite in the walls. in my bathroom. They jump, have 8 legs, 2 long antennas, and 2 black eyes. I also have an indoor cat, but I don’t think there’s a connection. Zagreb, Dankovecka. Croatia

 

Number 6726.  These are booklice (Psocodea: Liposcelidae). These are nuisance pests that feed primarily on mold spores and bits of organic matter. Keeping indoor humidity as low as practical will discourage them. Click here for more detailed information including some control suggestions