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.
7121. Little flying bugs everywhere. About 3mm long. Breslau, Ontario. Canada
Number 7121. This appears to be a fungus gnat (Diptera: Sciaridae). Their larvae often are found in very damp/wet soil having a high organic material content where they feed on fungal mycelium and very tender plant parts. They are best controlled by allowing the soil in potted plants to dry out as much as possible between waterings. Click here for more detailed information.
7120. Whitecourt, Alberta. Canada
Number 7120. This is a banded horntail, Urocerus gigas flavicornis (Hymenoptera: Siricidae). Click here for details on its life history.
7119. I found this bug today in one of my bedrooms and I saw two of these in the same place in the end of September. What are these? How to get rid of them. Thanks. Scarborough, Ontario. Canada
Number 7119. This is a click beetle, Coleoptera: Elateridae. No need to ‘get rid of them,” they are just accidental intruders that will do no harm indoors. Click here for more detailed information.
7117. Kinburn, ON. Canada
Number 7117. 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
7116. Prince Albert, SK. Canada
Number 7116. This appears to be a nymph of a cockroach, likely that of a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae). Click here for some control recommendations.
7115. Photo is taken in underground basement of the house as mentioned. Surrey, BC. Canada
Number 7115. This is a young nymph of a cockroach, likely that of a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blattodea: Ectobiidae), a peridomestic species difficult to bring under complete control. Click here for some control recommendations.
7114. Usually on the baseboard. Bathroom seems to be the favorite spot. Abbotsford, BC. Canada
Number 7114. This is a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus (varied carpet beetle and allies). Click here for detailed information, including control suggestions.
7113. Seen on rose bush leaves october2020, Waterloo, Ontario. Canada
Number 7113. This is a pupa of a multicoloured Asian lady beetle, Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Click here for details on its life history.
7112. Found in greenwich nova scotia want to know what kind it is. Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Canada
Number 7112. It’s a harmless orb weaving spider (family Araneidae)l; it appears to be in the genus Araneus. Click here for an example.
7111. Chicago, Illinois. United States
Number 7111. This is a cockroach (order Blattodea), but it does not appear to be any of the commonly encountered peridomestic pest species. Possibly just an accidental intruder. Click here for more detailed information.
7110. Found this while making my bed! I know it looks slightly different from the bugs I usually see though I was just in Europe. Let me know! Thanks. Montreal, QC. Canada
Number 7110. 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.
7109. Found several on a pillowcase just crawling around in the evening. Kingston, Ontario. Canada
Number 7109. This is an aphid (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae). They must’ve gotten indoors accidentally. Click here for more detailed information
7108. What kind of spider is this?? Sarnia, Ont. Canada
Number 7108. It looks like a wolf spider (family Lycosidae). These are active hunters that do not spin a capture web, but hunt down their prey; they have excellent eyesight.
7107. What is this? This is the second one within a few days I have found in my apartment. Abbotsford, BC. Canada.
Number 7107. 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.
7106. Campbellford, On. Canada
Number 7106. This is a hummingbird clearwing sphinx moth (Lepidoptera: Sphingidae) in the genus Hemaris; it appears to be Hemaris thysbe. Click here for details on its life history.
7105. They appear outside my backyard, around my backyard door, on the brick wall of my house. After I step on them, a patch of red blood spread. First time seeing them after few days of rain, I have not seen them before. People mentioned seeing them lately around 10km away from my home. What are they? Are they harmful? Why they are red-blooded?
Number 7105. This is an aphid (Hemiptera/Sternorrhyncha: Aphididae). The red you noted came from the aphids’ tissues and is not blood. These strictly are plant feeders; some species can vector viral diseases of plants. Click here for more detailed information
7104. Found two of these in bed… lot of hair… doesn’t look like bedbugs, please help… Richmond, BC. Canada
Number 7104. This is a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus (varied carpet beetle and allies). Click here for detailed information.
7103. Markham, Ontario. Canada
Number 7103. This is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae); Click here for more detailed information.
7102. Found in my wood dresser. On the wall close to my carpet. On my toilet paper. West Vancouver, British Columbia. Canada
Number 7102. This is a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus (varied carpet beetle and allies). Click here for detailed information.
7101. Tick like bug with crab arms. Found on plants in area where elk are common and ticks are often problematic. Sechelt, Bc. Canada
Number 7101. This is a pseudoscorpion, an arachnid related to spiders and true scorpions that prey on other small arthropods. They are non-venomous and harmless to humans. Click here for more detailed information
7100. Early September evening, backyard of suburban area. One of numerous (dozens) winged ants crawling around deck. Also seen in ground near foundation. Winnipeg, Manitoba. Canada
7099. Found this in my bed late September/early October. I’ve been getting either bites or allergic reaction on my legs. Abbotsford, BC. Canada
Number 7099. This is a case-bearing caterpillar; it would not be responsible for any bites. Worst case scenario would be if it were a clothes moth caterpillar, so if any of your blankets/bedclothes contain wool or silk, you should examine them for any sign of chewing damage.
7098. I saw this spider crawling on my step. I was able to grab couple pics but when i went to grab a tub it went under my concrete step. Unsure of what kinda spider this is any help would be great. Thxs. Victoria, Newfoundland. Canada
Number 7098. This is a harmless orb weaver in the genus Araneus. Click here for an example.
7097. This spider has began making a web on the wall above our toilet. It is a small spider, roughly 7mm long. I am slightly concerned that if it is venomous, when it makes a larger web it could get in someone hair in the early morning/late night when they aren’t paying attention. My phone is telling me it is a false widow, but from what I can find they are larger with different looking pattern. Is this spider dangerous? Should I worry about it or leave it alone? Caledonia, Ontario. Canada
Number 7097. This looks like a furrow orb weaver in the genus Larinioides known as a foliate spider, Click here for an image. Although technically venomous, like the vast majority of spiders, it is harmless to humans.
7096. Hi. I’m hoping you can identify this spider. Found in rockyview outside of Calgary Alberta. Canada
Number 7096. This is a harmless orb weaving spider (Family Araneidae). I cannot be certain because of the angle from which the image was taken, but it might be a labyrinth orb weaver in the genus Metepeira, Click here for an image.
7095. Can you let me know what these are, found them in my basement. They approx 1 cm long. Belle mead, NJ. United States
Number 7095. This is a ground beetle (Coleoptera: Carabidae); these are general predators on other small invertebrates, mainly other insects. They often wander indoors accidentally while searching for prey. Click here for more detailed information
7094. I want to know the details. BHEL TOWNSHIP, RANIPET TAMILNADU. India
Number 7094. It’s a lappet moth (Lepidoptera: Lasiocampidae) caterpillar known as a tea oil caterpillar (Lebeda nobilis); Click here for an image.
7093. We’ve seen s number of these, they fly and crawl. They’re about 3/4 inch long. Surrey, BC. Canada
Number 7093. 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.