Hello, I want to engage a pest control company to help treat my bug problems in the house. They plan to use Dragnet. Is this a safe product? Are there any risks to humans? I’ve been advised to stay out of the treated home for 5-6 hours after treatment. Is that sufficient? Thanks in advance. Vancouver
The active ingredient in Dragnet is permethrin, a synthetic pyrethroid. Toxicity to humans is relatively low with little risk of adverse effects from routine applications of the diluted product. Obviously, it would be wise to avoid exposure to large amounts of undiluted material, as cases of adverse effects have been attributed to acute massive exposure. According to the label, it is safe to come into contact with treated surfaces one the application has dried, but be aware that cats are far more sensitive than humans or dogs to permethrin. The half-life of Dragnet indoors reportedly is in the neighborhood of three weeks, so three months after application only about 1/20th to 1/15th of the active ingredient in the original application would remain. The label for Dragnet states “CAUTION”; this indicates a product that is of low to very low toxicity to humans – Click here for more information on Signal Words. I do not know of any pesticide that is completely risk-free to use.
7162. It is about 3/4″ long. Langley, BC. Canada
Number 7162. This is a bumble bee (Hymenoptera: Apidae; Bombus sp.), likely an overwintering queen. Because of its condition, I hesitate to make a specific identification, but Bombus melanopygus is a possibility; for detailed information Click here
7161. First saw in late summer, now still in the house. Beamsville, Ontario. Canada
Number 7161. This is a dirt-colored seed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhyparochromidae); it looks like Raglius alboacuminatus, a European species that has become established in the Pacific Northwest and was first reported from Ontario in 2016 – Click here for an image.
7160. Found inside of house on a window. Welland, Ontario. Canada
Number 7160. This is 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. Stink Bug detailed information
7159. Hamilton, ON. Canada
Number 7159. The image is too blurry for me to ne certain, but its shape is suspiciously like that of an engorged bed bug. Just in case, Click here for detailed information on these pests.
7158. These are numerous in this province, looking forward to know the ID of this organism. Kerala, India.
Number 7158. This appears to be a nymph of Probergrothius sanguinolens (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pyrrhocoridae), known as the Indian red bug – Click here for an image. They feed on a range of seeds and are particularly common on the seeds of plants in the mallow family (Malvaceae), especially those in the genus Sterculia (tropical chestnuts) and other. They also feed on freshly dead animal matter with early instar nymphs seeming to prefer animal matter to seeds.
Hello! I just moved into a basement apartment and the place is crawling with silverfish and centipedes. Any tips on getting rid of them, or preventing them? Natural or with pesticides. Ill try anything. Burlington
Basement with silverfish and ‘centipedes’ – I would like the client to provide images of the ‘centipedes,’ as I suspect that these more likely are millipedes (centipedes, being predators, seldom appear in large numbers in any one place, especially indoors). That aside, the Canadian government site Click Here has good advice for silverfish control. Millipedes require a moist environment in order to persist indoors, so moisture management/control combined with exclusion measures is the most effective treatment (admittedly, this may be difficult in a basement). Click here for more suggestions, bearing in mind the chemicals mentioned are registered in the USA, not Canada. However, one should be able to locate similar products in home/garden centers; check the label for active ingredients and types of pests it should cover.
7156. I don’t know what this is… London, Ontario. Canada
Number 7156. This appears to be an engorged bed bug nymph. Click here for detailed information on these pests.
I was sitting on my bed when i saw a little grey thing that looked like lint, then a few minutes went by and in the corner of my eye i saw it moving. a little clear worm with a black head was trying to get out of this grey cocoon. i’m pretty sure it was a clothes moth larvae because it looked the same and the cocoon looked the same. i checked all the clothing in the room, the curtains, the bedding and the mattress but not one thing that pointed to signs of clothes moths. could this have been brought in by one of my cats, (they are outside a lot) or am i looking at a possible infestation? what should i do? Saint John, New Brunswick.
Little grey thing that looked like lint: Another possibility is a household casebearer, Phereoeca uterella (Lepidoptera: Tineidae). They are in the same family as clothes moths, but usually do little damage as they appear to prefer chowing down on old spider webs and the like. They appear to be expanding their range northward, and have been reported from Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island; Click Here
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Suspected bird mites. Hi. I’m looking for a company that can help me with a suspected bird mite infestation. I was hoping for a company that does fogging? I’ve used a pest control company that has sprayed twice and also done a detailed inspection. They have not managed to see any sample but I feel them in my skin (digging, biting, crawling) and notice activity (ie I feel crawling or get bitten) around my bed, sofa and bathroom. In the weeks approaching the full moon when parasites tend to be more active, it even seems as if they swarm in certain areas and might be on the walls and other surfaces and then pull towards me as I pass by. I feel like spraying might not be getting to all of them. I’m hoping to get someone who can fog the home and maybe also get rid of some furniture like my cloth headboard, sofa etc. Any info or advice would be much appreciated. Thanks. Scarborough, ON
Suspected bird mite infestation: I cannot recommend any particular firm; the client can find listings of pest control professionals in his/her area at Click Here . (NOTE: From the client’s description of the problem, I would not be at all surprised if he/she were suffering from delusory parasitosis – the discomfort they experience is very real, but they are mistaken as to the actual cause; Click Here .
7155. These little bad boys just showed up in the house, but I’ve also made a cat tee from driftwood. Caught maybe 6 in a couple weeks, but it is growing. I soaked the piece in my trucks bed lined with a tarp, filled with water borax and bleach for about 2 weeks, turned it over every couple days,and scrub the piece feverishly too. I cant imagine anythings living at that soaking with the ingredients, but, these showed up. Should I be worrying? VICTORIA, British Columbia. Canada
Number 7155. This is a checkered beetle (Coleoptera: Cleridae) in the genus Enoclerus, likely E. eximius, Checkered Beetle Image . Most of these are general predators on other insects; a few are scavengers, none are pests.
7156. London, ON. Canada
Number 7156. This is 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. Stink Bug detailed information
7154. Found this insect crawling on my leg this morning. What is it? Ontario Thornhill. Canada
Number 7154. This is 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. Stink Bug detailed information
7153. Montreal, Quebec. Canada
Number 7153. This is 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. Stink Bug detailed information
7152. Woke up today Jan. 7, in my second flr bedroom with this staring at me on stucco ceiling, only moved couple of steps and stayed in one spot. Appeared fairly large about size of June bug. Thornhill, Ontario. Canada
Number 7152. This is 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. Stink Bug detailed information
7151. Found in January on the ceiling, walls and bathroom of our home. I haven’t seen them fly, and they don’t seem overly quick. Wainwright, Alberta. Canada
Number 7151. This is a broad-nosed/short-snouted weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae; subfamily Entiminae). These weevils often enter buildings in search of shelter, but do no harm there. Weevil Image
7150. It was found on the wall of a closet. It is covered in white dust because we vacuumed it up. The back part body had some brown and lighter brown variations (kind of spots). Oakville, Ontario. Canada
Number 7150. 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. Conifer Seed Bug detailed information
7149. Found these very small, tiny bugs around our sliding door to the front balcony. Some seem to be on webs as they are suspended, others are around the base of the door. Mississauga, Ontario. Canada
Number 7149. This appears to be a newly hatched caterpillar of a moth of some kind. When female moths find themselves trapped indoors, they sometimes will lay their eggs on a convenient surface; most often on or close to a ceiling. When the eggs hatch, the caterpillars will crawl about until they die of starvation.
7148. You can see comparaison on size with the drywall screws. It’s winter here, photo taken 26 December 2020. They seems to like darkness since they move and try to hide when I put the light on. This is in my basement. It’s a brand new house and about 45% humidity. Thanks for your help! St-Marc-de-Figuery, QC. Canada
Number 7148. These are psocopterans known as booklice (Psocodea: Liposcelidae). They basically are nuisance pests, feeding primarily on mould spores and bits of decomposing organic matter. Booklice detailed information
7147. Appeared early May. Because of the super wasp scare, became interested. Have never seen another similar. North Vancouver, BC. Canada
Number 7147. This is not a wasp, but a harmless stonefly (order Plecoptera). From its size, it likely is in the family Pteronarcyidae (giant stoneflies). Their larvae are aquatic, and form an important component of the freshwater food web. Stonefly detailed information
7146. Hi, my daughter lives in Nanaimo BC, and found a few of these in her townhouse – they look a little bit fuzzy and they crawl around. They’re around 3 – 5 mm long. What are they? Port Alberni, BC. Canada
Number 7146. This is a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus (varied carpet beetle and allies). Carpet Beetle Detailed Information
7145. Pink grasshopper (?) on spinach in my greenhouse. Stillwater, PA. United States
Number 7145. This is a nymph of a grasshopper in the family Acrididae, its pink color is the result of a genetic mutation called erythrism; Click here for details.
7144. About 3/4″ long, never has seen insect like this before, can climb glass surface – never have seen an insect do this before, slow moving; catch and release or drown? Ontario Canada
Number 7144. This is 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.
7143. Have seen about a dozen to two dozen of these guys in the past few weeks crawling up walls. They are very small, easy to kill. Wellington, Quebec. Canada
Number 7143. This is a grain beetle (Coleoptera: Silvanidae) 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.
7142. Have found these recently (2 month) appear in the house looks like they fly often find on the ceiling. London, Ontario. Canada
Number 7142. This is 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.
7141. They are small, maybe 1-2mm, there were about a dozen dead ones in a ceiling light fixture in an old triplex. MONTREAL, QC. Canada
Number 7141. These are spider beetles (Coleoptera: Anobiidae; subfamily Ptininae); they will feed on an extremely wide variety of organic materials, and sometimes may be pantry pests. You should check all of your food storage areas for signs of insect infestation. Click here for more detailed information.
7140. Hi there, Recently I started to notice small, white crawling insects in the basement. Usually I notice them after coming from work and there could be up to 4 of them moving slowly. I cannot figure out where they are coming from. Checked walls, carpet, furniture. Would appreciate your help in identifying these critters. Thank you. Mississauga, ON. Canada
Number 7140. This is a larva (maggot) of a fly. There must be a food source for them somewhere in the basement, perhaps a dead mouse or spoiled produce; basically any type of decomposing organic matter. Once they reach their full size, maggots usually move away from their food source in search of a drier place to undergo pupation. Click here for details
7139. November 30th, 2020 found this insect inside the house in the couch. About 1 cm long body. 6 legs and a pair of antennas. White powder all over body leaving marks on where it was on the couch. We had a bit of snow the past week. Currently 5 degrees. Thanks. Brossard, Quebec. Canada
Number 7139. This is a nymph of an assassin bug known as a masked hunter (Reduvius personatus; Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae), a cosmopolitan species often found indoors and reputed to have a very painful ‘bite’- Click here for more detailed information.
7138. Cleveland, OH. United States
Number 7138. This is Phidippus audax, a common and widespread species of jumping spider (family Salticidae) known as the bold or daring jumper. Click here for more detailed information.
Hi, we had sign into a new apartment that had a fumigation about a month ago of course we worent told about the situation before signing and finally they are doing a second fumigation, we have a 8 apartment building and had a bad infestation in unit 3 that effected our unit, this week will be the second fumigation, basically what i want to know is will they get rid of all the cockroache and or bed bugs, since living here we had found 14 not mentioning the dead ones that wore left in a stove that I had removed after seeing the grose situation. We are going to try and leave the lease but are scared that even after the fumigation we will still have problems and bring them to our new place is there a way you can reassure us of this horrible situation. Thank you. Montreal
Unfortunately, there is no way of ascertaining/guaranteeing that the controls have been 100% effective. Click Here for a very comprehensive review on how to deal with bed bugs and Click Here for advice on how not to take cockroaches with you when you move.
What is the most effective and still available product for killing mites in chickens in northwestern Alberta? Diatamaceous earth is not very effective. Wembley
Control of mites on chickens is problematic to say the least, as there does not appear to be any treatment available that is approved for use in Canada. There are some ‘off label’ possibilities that might be considered; Click Here for a detailed discussion.
Hornet’s nest or Wasp nest and Skunks living under patio. Now that it is going into winter can I just use a broom to knock down the hornet/wasp nest? Someone told me to just leave the skunks and once they have their babies they will just leave. Is this true or do I have to contact pest control to get rid of them? Please help. Thank you and regards. Mississauga
It is safe to knock down/remove the wasp nest. Only the queen wasp survives the winter, and she most likely is holed up somewhere other than in the old nest. As for the skunks, Click Here for very detailed advice on dealing with problem skunks. This may help you to decide if professional help is needed.
Hello ! I’ve been asked to find out how effective IPM programs for home gardens actually are. Please send any info on what works and what is perhaps not so good. We all know what IPM is and your site is great but any info on effectiveness? Please and thanks, Creemore, Ontario
Wow. This is a difficult question to answer in a few words, as nearly every instance is a unique event, and assessment can be highly subjective – Click Here You might find this study (A National Evaluation of Landscape Integrated Pest Management Knowledge and Use in the United States) of interest – Click Here I also found this link quite helpful – Click Here.
7137. These were found in my mother’s kitchen cupboard, drawer, and along the floor. They were inside containers of rolled oats and cereal boxes. Could you please identify, and let us know the best way to get rid of them and to prevent them from returning. Thank you. Sudbury, Ontario. Canada
Number 7137. This is 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 including control recommendations. Try & keep all our infestable dry food items either in sealable plastic containers or in the refrigerator.
7136. These small flies are plentiful in our finished basement. They don’t live long, and are mostly dust when you squish them. They only came out recently, I.e. Oct. Nov 2020. Not sure what they are or where they have come from. Can you help? Barrie, On. Canada
Number 7136. This is a moth fly (Diptera: Psychodidae). Also known as drain flies or sewer flies, their larvae feed on decomposing organic matter and are often found in floor drains, seldom-used commodes, and the like. Although they can be nuisances, they do no real harm, and chemical control seldom is required. Click here for some other suggestions.
7135. Toronto, Ontario. Canada
Number 7135. This is a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (carpet/hide/skin/larder beetles and allies); it looks like an Attagenus sp. (black carpet beetles). Click here for some control recommendations.
7133. Hi, I found this around 4mm insect on my bed. I also have bite likes on my body from last nights. Please let me know if it is a bedbug. Thanks. Montreal, Quebec. Canada
Number 7133. This is a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); it may be a banded carpet beetle, Attagenus fasciatus (Coleoptera: Dermestidae). Also known as the wardrobe beetle, it is a cosmopolitan pest species. Click here for some control recommendations. These would not be responsible for any bites.
7132. I found this flying insect being very lethargic outside the building I worked in back on Aug 29th 2018. Photos taken by me in Penticton, BC. After watching a Brave Wilderness video on YouTube this insect looks almost exactly the same as a Tarantula Hawk. Please identify. Thank you. Penticton, British Columbia. Canada
Number 7132. This is a spider wasp (Hymenoptera: Pompilidae), and it belongs to the same tribe (Pepsini) as tarantula hawks. It appears to be Calopompilus pyrrhomelas, the largest spider wasp reported from British Columbia; Click here for an image.
7130. Sparkling like gold on sunlight, and circled transparent shield. Calicut Kerala. India
Number 7130. This is a tortoise beetle (Coleoptera: Chrysomelidae; subfamily Cassidinae); it looks like Aspidimorpha sanctaecrucis – Click here for an image.
7129. Found it in the kitchen. Carino, Ottawa. Canada
Number 7129. This is a nymph of an assassin bug known as a masked hunter (Reduvius personatus; Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae), a cosmopolitan species often found indoors and reputed to have a very painful ‘bite’- Click here for more detailed information.
7128. Edmonton, Canada
Number 7128. This is a grain beetle (Coleoptera: Silvanidae) 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
7127. Found in the crack of hardwood flooring. Calgary, AB. Canada
Number 7127. This is a beetle in the family Dermestidae (carpet/hide/skin/larder beetles and allies); it might be in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetles). Click here for some control recommendations.
7126. This was on our porch. We live south of Ottawa. I have never seen a wasp or hornet this big. It got very agitated when I brought my finger close so I put it behind it. Poor perspective I know. What type of hornet is this. My next door neighbour had a huge problem with hornets behind his siding. This one was way larger than the rest. Lombardy, Ontario. Canada
Number 7126. This is a European hornet, Vespa crabro (Hymenoptera: Vespidae), an introduced species that is the only true hornet in North America. Found them to be quite tolerant of human presence, and less irritable than their cousin, yellow jackets. Click here for more detailed information.
7125. Biggest, ugliest spider. Dropped from eaves, came from under the siding I think. I sprayed it with spider blaster, took a long time to die. it was the warm spell in early November. Waterloo, Ontario. Canada
Number 7125. This appears to be a male wolf spider (family Lycosidae). These spiders do not spin a capture web, but actively hunt down their prey (like wolves). In spite of their appearance and name, they are harmless to humans and excellent volunteer pest controllers to boot.
7123. This bug is approximately 1/8”. We found them crawling from the back of our house to a gravel pathway at the beginning of November. The weather is sunny, around 17 degrees Celsius. Southern Ontario, Niagara. Canada
Number 7123. This is an aphid (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae). These strictly are plant feeders; some species can vector viral diseases of plants. Click here for more detailed information
7122. This bug was on the green at our golf course and I have never seen anything like this before. Osoyoos, BC. Canada
Number 7122. This is a relative of grasshoppers and crickets commonly known as a Jerusalem cricket (Orthoptera: Stenopalmatidae). Click here for more detailed information.