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

Caterpillars of a moth

6725.      The insect found in the rice field fogera, Ethiopia, the larva feed on the leaf of rice. I grow up the larva in the isolated and transparent cage, minimum of 10 days after it put in the cage it makes a cocoon-like structure
then the pupa has appeared and then the adult was seen. Bahir Dar, Amhara region. Ethiopia

 

Number 6725.  These are caterpillars of a moth in the family Erebidae, tribe Arctiinae; Click here for an example.

Rove beetle

6724.      Found in home, fly onto counter, or table, only active at night! Has clear wings and an amber color body segment, white strip behind amber segment, six legs two antennae, approximately 1cm long, shiny black colouring, head is smallest part, crawls very quickly? Sask. Carrot River. Canada

 

Number 6724.  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

Spider beetle

6723.      Found two of these bugs mid-November in bedroom closet. Very small, about 2-3mm. Reddish-brown in colour. Worried it is a bed bug. Toronto, ON. Canada

 

Number 6723.  Thus is a spider beetle (Coleoptera: Anobiidae; subfamily Ptininae). These feed on a wide variety or organic materials and sometimes can become pantry pests. Click here for a fact sheet that includes some control recommendations.

Grass spider

6722.      Found this in my bed…. then i found little baby spiders that are like a millimetre and at first they looked like ticks… but don’t know if these babies it belongs to this spider. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6722.  This is a grass spider in the family Agelenidae, most likely in the genus Agelenopsis. These are not dangerous to humans.

Young nymph of a cockroach

6721.      They are approx. 3-5 mm in size. Have seen a couple that were around 15 mm long. Found in my kitchen and occasionally in the bathroom. Toronto, ON. Canada

 

Number 6721.  This is a young nymph of a cockroach, most likely a German cockroach Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here  for some control recommendations.

Camel cricket

6720.      What kind of bug is this. Sherwood park, Alberta. Canada

 

Number 6720.  This is a camel cricket (Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae). Also known as cave crickets or sprickets (because of a fancied resemblance to a cross between a spider and a cricket), these relatives of grasshoppers and crickets usually are found in dark, quiet places such as caves, basements, crawl spaces, under old logs, etc. They seldom cause any real harm. Click here for more detailed information

Larva of a scarlet malachite beetle

6719.      Found in my carpeted stairs and then another in my kitchen in the floor. What can it be??? Mom’s rental property is struggling with a roach infestation (damn renters) so is this a larvae she accidentally brought over on her shoes? Also got a package from Korea? Can it from that?? It is winter here. From Edmonton, Canada

 

Number 6719.  No need to worry. This appears to be a larva of a scarlet malachite beetle, Malachius aeneus (Coleoptera: Melyridae); Click here for an image. They are general predators on other small arthropods.

Millipedes

6718.      Please zoom in and see what these are. They are multiplying on my walkway and huddle together. Is this some time of snake? St. Johns, NL. Canada

 

Number 6718.  These are millipedes (class Diplopoda). The vast majority of these are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter, but a few species, such as the garden millipede, can damage very tender vegetation. Millipedes require a moist environment in order to thrive, so keeping your premises as dry as practical will help keep them in check.

Western conifer seed bug

6717.      HI there. Found around 5 of these little bugs over the past few days. They are found downstairs around our washing machine area and bottom of stairs. Can someone please tell me what type of bug this and how concerned we should be and what we can do to get rid of them. I HATE bugs. Calgary, AB. Canada

 

Number 6717.  This is another western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), a common and widespread nuisance pest. Control is not necessary;  Click here for more detailed information.

Western conifer seed bug

6716.      Strong flier, large but skinny (but not weak like a daddy long legs spider) legs, a v on its mostly black body that was brown below it. Seen around 10 PM at night with no windows open. It dropped another bug (a small cockroach) while it was flying around the lamp. Slow and methodical crawler on the lamp. Toronto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6716.  This is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), a common and widespread nuisance pest.  Click here for more detailed information.

Wolf spider

6715.      I found it outside, already dead. I had the house spider sprayed. Curious to know what kind it is. Thanks! Hagersville, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6715.  This is a wolf spider (family Lycosidae) These are active hunters that do not spin a capture web and sometimes accidentally get indoors while searching for prey. They are not dangerous to humans and should be allowed to go about their business of pest control. When we find them in our house, we escort them outside.

Engorged female hard tick

6714.      I found this on our bedroom hardwood floor. I thought it was a jewelry bead, or a chocolate covered raisin (about the size of a Glosette chocolate covered raisin). I only found the one. Please let me know if it is something I need to search for more, or if this is an invasive beetle. We live on a ravine lot, backing onto Crook’s Hollow. I often have windows open and have two cats that often go outside. This picture is the underside of the bug. It is still alive, and wiggled its leg until it turned over in the glass I have it in. The top looks the same as the bottom. Dundas, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6714.  This is an engorged female hard tick (family Ixodidae); likely in the genus Ixodes. This is the genus to which that the deer tick, vector of Lyme disease, belongs. Click here for more detailed information.

Nymph of a bed bug

6713.      Hello, In the past year, my SO was waking up to these bites on the hands that were quite swollen and we had no idea what the perpetrator was. Yesterday, she woke up to more bites on the neck area and managed to catch the thing and squashed and killed it. According to her, this is how it looked like before it was squashed:- it was plump and when she squashed it, very dark blood came out of it. These bites are happening at night and we’re not sure what this is because it doesn’t look like the regular bedbug – which is rounded and kind of flat. This one looks more swollen. I’ve attached two photos of it. Many thanks in advance to those who can identify it! Toronto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6713.  This looks like a nymph of a bed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cimicidae). When engorged with blood, they can appear quite chubby.

cobweb/comb-footed spider

6712.      Victoria, British Columbia Canada

 

Number 6712.  This is a cobweb/comb-footed spider (family Theridiidae) in the genus Steatoda. Some species in this genus are known as false widow spiders, and can have a very painful (but not dangerous) bite. Click here for more detailed information.

Springtail,

6711.      I found this insect, very small and very many of them, at the front ledge of my storage unit in Lindsay. They move very fast and are very tiny. Any help identifying this critter would be greatly appreciated. Thank you so much, Stacey. Port Hope, ON. Canada

 

Number 6711.  This is a springtail, a primitive arthropod in the order Collembola closely related to true insects. These are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter but can become nuisance pests when they occur in large numbers indoors.

Carpet beetle

6710.      Found on the side of my bed in late October… very small about 5mm. Previously found one on my bed in July. Hoping this is a coincidence and not a bed bug (does not look like other bed bug pictures but I am still concerned). Please help! Toronto, Ontario. Canada

 

Number 6710.  This is a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); it looks like a black carpet beetle or close relative in the genus Attagenus. Click here for more information including control recommendations.

Larvae of a carpet beetle

6709.      Found indoors only a couple of times, isolated, 3-4 specimens on bedroom floor, one on bathroom floor. First time observed in September, the last time today (Oct 25). Belgrade. Serbia

 

Number 6709.  These are larvae of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus. These can be very damaging to organic fabrics (wool, silk, etc.) as well as dry stored food products. Click here for some control advice.

Weevil

6708.      Found on kitchen counter on the evening of 10/23. Central Alabama. Outside air temp about 69F. Pelham, Alabama. United States

 

Number 6708.  This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). Although it resembles the milkweed stem weevil, Rhyssomatus lineaticollis.(Click here for more detailed information).  I am by no means confident that yours is that exact species.