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Oriental cockroach

6373  Found a pic of a bug that looks like the one on my wall but it doesn’t say what it is and I can’t send you my pic. How can you help? From: Glen Burnie, MD 21060 United States

Number 6373. The insect in your image appears to be an oriental cockroach, Blatta orientalis (Blattodea: Blattidae).  Click here for a fact sheet

Larva of a carpet beetle

6372  What is this? Its in my bedroom and washroom. From: Oshawa, On L1l0b1 Canada

Number 6372. This is a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Anthrenus (varied carpet beetle and allies).  Click here elsewhere on this site for some control suggestions

Silverfish

6371  I saw this in the washroom in my motel, I’m just wondering what kind of bug this is. It was almost the size of a coin(nickel). From: Ridge rd 16, Thunder Bay Ontario Canada

Number 6371. This is a silverfish, Lepisma saccharina (Zygentoma: Lepismatidae), a cosmopolitan nuisance pest.  Click here for more detailed information

Young nymph of a bed bug

6370  Description: THIS PHOTO IS OF THE INSECT AFTER IT WAS PRESSED BETWEEN MY FINGERS, AND DEAD. Size is less than 1/4 of my pinky nailbed. Colour is transparent with black on the INTERIOR. No wings. Maybe 4-8 legs. Found crawling along blanket on couch while I lay there on main floor of house. Saw from corner of my eye. WHEN: Found close to 12am week before May long weekend 2019, cool in house but high humidity setting, outside around 12°.
** ALSO found another (similar) day before, sitting alive on my bed blanket beside my cat (thought was a crumb because of jagged edges until I picked it up – were legs). Second floor of house. It looked slightly brown on a navy comforter. Both cats are twitching/scratching, have crusty spots on them near head areas but no flea poo I see when I flea comb them. I spilled water on carpet beside bed while ago & soaked up with salt ( still there). I often find various piles of white specks on bed comforter, assumed was salt from cat’s paws but I’m quite anal about no salt on bed.. Could it be eggs? ?- It looks like lice, please tell me it’s not! Now I feel like I’ve been bitten everywhere! I have had the ODD single itchy red bump show up on my leg in the morning. The house has a lot of recycled/second hand items; not properly maintained. From: Stoney Creek, Ontario L8G3W1 Canada

Number 6370. This looks like a very young nymph of a bed bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Cimicidae); the black substance is a partially digested blood meal. Click here for a very comprehensive fact sheet on bed bugs.

Larva of a carpet beetle

6369  Found in Canada, inside the bathroom in May. No others visible. From: Edmonton, AB T5Y2L3 Canada

Number 6369. It’s a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae) in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetle and allies). Click here elsewhere on this site for some control suggestions

Crab spider

6368  Calm/chilly weather, 5C. Mid-May, Spring 2019. Found indoors, and relocated outdoors. Appears to be 1/2 inch width when legs in, and 3/4″ – 1″ when spread apart. From: Didsbury, Alberta T0M 0W0 Canada

Number 6368 . It’s a crab spider (family Thomisidae), might be a Bassaniana sp.; harmless to humans.

Weevil

6367  Hi can you please identify this bug for me? Im renting 2 story townhouse condo ( basment and main floor). I saw multiple of these bugs both upstairs amd downstairs. Initially i thought they were lice but they didnt go away. What is it and How do i get rid of it? Thank you. From: Toronto, North york M2M 0B4 Canada

Number 6367 This is a weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). It’s overall shape is consistent with that of the granary weevils in the genus Sitophilus Click here. Check all your food storage areas for signs of infestation, and discard/destroy any items found to be infested. Keep all infestable dry food items in insect-proof containers or under refrigeration.

Rove beetle

6366  May 15 2019. It’s been rainy and the ground is moist. I have an outdoor pen for my indoor cats so that they can be protected while outside. I found about 12 of these very small insects on my cat who came in from the garden behind our house. They are very small about a cm or so and moved quickly. I first thought they were small black seeds but then they started wiggling on the brush, like small ants and moved quickly on a piece of kleenex. They seemed to be making her scratch. Are these Rove Beetles? From: Guelph, Ontario N1C1E3 Canada

Number 6366 This is indeed a rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae). As you likely already know, these are general predators on other small arthropods, and should cause no harm to your cats.

Elm seed bug

6365  Found inside our white curtains inside the home in both our living room and our bedroom- vacuumed and washed curtains but still finding more of these bugs- they can fly but are slow moving otherwise. we have cats. What can we do? What are they? We have never seen them before. From: Vancouver, British Columbia V5t2l1 Canada

Number 6365 This is an elm seed bug, Arocatus melanocephalus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Lygaeidae), an introduced species that has become a nuisance pest in some areas of western North America. These pose no threat to your cats. Click here for more detailed information.

Larva of a beetle

6364  I’ve found 2 of these in my bathroom this week, not sure what they are. They seem very slow moving and only look a few mm long. From: Ontario, Pefferlaw, Pefferlaw L0e1n0 Canada

Number 6364 This is a larva of a beetle in the family Dermestidae (carpet/hide/skin/larder beetles, etc.). They will feed on an extremely wide variety of organic materials, primarily those of animal origin.  Click here or elsewhere on this site for some control suggestions.

Mygalomorph spider

6363  From: Kelowna North, BC V1V 2N5 Canada

Number 6363 This is a mygalomorph spider, likely a folding-door trapdoor spider in the genus Antrodiaetus Click here for more detailed information

Carpet beetle

6362 Found it alive on the towel in the bathroom. Can you tell me what is it? Is it a bed bug? Thank you! From: Regina, Saskatchewan S4P 3X3 Canada

Number 6362 This is a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), possibly a varied carpet beetle, Anthrenus verbasci. Click here for detailed information and Click here elsewhere on these pages for some control suggestions.

Female hard tick

6361  From: Oakville, Ontario L6H 0J1 Canada

Number 6361 This is a female hard tick (family Ixodidae) in the genus Dermacentor, likely Dermacentor variabilis, known as the American dog tick or wood tick.  Click here for more detailed information.

Pseudoscorpion

6360 This bug was on a toilet paper that was on the table in the bedroom, found it in the morning. From: Phoenix, Arizona 85008 United States

Number 6360 This is a pseudoscorpion, a non-venomous arachnid related to scorpions and spiders. These are general predators on other small arthropods,  Click here for more detailed information.

Nymph of an assassin bug

6359 I was either stung or bitten by this insect. Currently is red rash about the size of a toonie all around, no bullseye. Would like to know what it is. Any reason for concern? Thank you. From: Simcoe, Ontario N3y4p7. Canada

Number 6359 This is a nymph of an assassin bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Reduviidae) known as the masked hunter (Reduvius personatus). It’s bite can be quite painful, but is not medically significant. Click here for more detailed information.

Eastern bumble bee

6358 From: Hamilton, Ontario L8k2k6. Canada

Number 6358 This appears to be a common eastern bumble bee, Bombus impatiens (Hymenoptera: Apidae).  Click here for more detailed information.

House centipede

6357 Found on back in bed. What is it? From: Smithville, Ontario L0R 2A0. Canada

Number 6357 This appears to be a dead house centipede (Scutigera coleoptrata) that has lost most of its legs. Click here for more detailed information.

Odorous house ant

6356 1/8” specimen guessing odorous house ant. Just looking for confirmation. Thanks. From: Pittsburgh, PA 15237 United States

Number 6356 It certainly looks like an odorous house ant – Click here

larder beetle

6355 From: St. Adolphe Manitoba R5A 1A1. Canada

Number 6355 This is a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), a cosmopolitan pest species. Click here for more detailed information.

Varied carpet beetle

6354  From: Carleton Place, ON K7C 4R7. Canada

Number 6354 This looks like a varied carpet beetle, Anthrenus verbasci (Coleoptera: Dermestidae). See Click here or more detailed information and Click here elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations.

Western Conifer Seed Bug

6353  I think the images I sent yesterday were lost. This insect was inside my home in April. I put it in alcohol to kill, dry and photograph. Is it possibly a blood-sucking conenose? From: Toronto, Ontario M4B1P4. Canada

Number 6353 This is a western conifer seed bug, Leptoglossus occidentalis (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Coreidae), a common and widespread nuisance pest. Click here for more detailed information.

Moth Fly, Drain Fly or Sewer Fly

6352  From: Vancouvee, Vancouver BC. Canada

Number 6352 This is a moth fly (Diptera: Psychodidae). Also known as drain flies or sewer flies, they are harmless but can be nuisance pests. click here for more detailed information

Wasp Moths

6351 I guess the typical question you get is: What is this insect called? And in perfect tempo with this normative progression, I’ll try a polite variation: I would love very much, as will and resources provide/allow, if you could help me to identify this insect – or otherwise alien creature. Thank you for the good work you do, as a general standard in the commitment it demands from all of you, and further in service to the endless compulsions of human curiosity. And Good Day. From: Kisumu, Nyanza 40610, Kenya.

Number 6351 This moth is one of the so-called ‘wasp moths’ in the subfamily Arctiinae (Lepidoptera: Erebidae); it appears to be in the genus Amata – click here for an example

Pseudoscorpion

6350 Taken April 24 2019. In Revelstoke BC. On a painted wall in kitchen. Approx 3 to 4mm wide. Has 8 legs but is not a spider. Claw like pinchers on the front antenna i assume. I thought it was some kind of tic. Flat body as well similar to a tic. But the front antenna or legs are extremely long. Hope my pic doesn’t suck to much that you cant figure it. Only seen 1 in the house so far. From Revelstoke, British Columbia

Number 6350 This is a pseudoscorpion, a non-venomous arachnid related to scorpions and spiders. These are general predators on other small arthropods, Click here for more detailed information.

Oriental cockroach

6349 Toronto in the spring, in my bathroom. Approx. as long as a toonie. Even if it’s not deadly, it nearly killed me; it practically gave me a heart attack. From Toronto, ON

Number 6349 This is an oriental cockroach, Blatta orientalis (Blattodea: Blattidae), a cosmopolitan pest species. Click here for more detailed information and Click here or elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations.

Ichneumon wasp

6348 Is this a mosquito. Best way to treating. We have had a lot of rain. Temperatures are 50-70 degrees Fahrenheit. From Evansville, USA

Number 6348 This insect needs no treatment/control as it is an ichneumon wasp (Hymenoptera: Ichneumonidae). These wasps all are parasitic on other arthropods, mainly other insects.

Bumble bee

6347 Not sure if the photos are good enough, but hoping you can identify this….bee? Best I can come up with is a Carpenter Bee? It’s head was fuzzy though, so that is what throws me off. Thanks in advance! From Victoria, British Columbia

Number 6347 It’s a bumble bee, not a carpenter bee. It looks like Bombus vosnesenskii, known as the yellow-faced bumble bee; Click here for an image.

Larva of a carpet beetle

6346 I found this small copper colored worm on my daughter’s clothing. What is it and what do I do to get rid of it, assuming there are more? From Niverville, MB

Number 6346 This is a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); it appears to be in the genus Attagenus (black carpet beetles and allies). Click here or elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations.

Scuds or Sideswimmers

6345 I keep finding these all over my patio rug. Can’t seem to figure out what they are or how they keep turning up since I have a screened in patio. There are hundreds of them. Most seem to be dead but there are some that seem to jump around. They just stared to turn up early March. From Myrtle Beach, USA

Number 6345 These are amphipods, crustaceans also known as scuds or sideswimmers. Most species are aquatic, but a few (such as yours) may be found on very damp/wet soil or other surfaces. These species sometimes are referred to as ‘lawn shrimp’ and are harmless; Click here for more detailed information.

Tuxedo bug

6344  We are finding these all around our house – doesnt seem like they fly… please help! …doesnt look like a seed bug or kissing bug! From Lindell beach, BC

Number 6344 This is a tuxedo bug, Raglius alboacuminatus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Rhyparochromidae); a Eurasian species that appears to have been introduced into North America about 20 years ago. These are nuisance pests that do not appear to cause any real harm. Click here for more detailed information.

Sowbugs

6343 Found in interior window frame March 31, Mississauga, ON. Some live, some dead. From Mississauga, ON

Number 6343 These are sowbugs, terrestrial crustaceans in the order Isopoda. These basically are harmless scavengers on decomposing organic matter, but they sometimes become nuisance pests when large numbers occur indoors. They breathe through gills that must be kept moist, so moisture management is the best control.

Winter stoneflies

6342 They are all over my house, and are getting inside my house! What are they? From Fawcett Hill, NB

Number 6342 These are small winter stoneflies (Plecoptera: Capniidae); they are harmless and there is no need for control. Their nymphs are found beneath rocks and gravel on the bottom of streams and rivers where they feed on plant material there; the adults feed on blue-green algae. The adults most often are seen in late winter/very early spring.

Larder beetle

6341 Found this in my bed! From Ajax, ON

Number 6341 This is a larder beetle, Dermestes lardarius (Coleoptera: Dermestidae), a cosmopolitan pest species. Click here for more detailed information.

Checkered beetle

6340 From Windsor, Ontario

Number 6340 This is Chariessa pilosa, a checkered beetle (Coleoptera: Cleridae), Click here for an image. Checkered beetles are general predators on other small arthropods; the larvae of this species are reported as feeding on larvae of wood-boring beetles.

Carpet beetle

6339 Hello, I have no idea what this is. I found it on the window frame of our bedroom when I got home from work at 6pm. Please let me know what this is! From Toronto, ON

Number 6339 This is a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); it looks like a varied carpet beetle, Anthrenus verbesci. The adults often are found at windows where they have been attracted by the light in their attempt to get outside. Click here elsewhere on this site for some control recommendations.

Two-spotted stink bug

6338 Black, 6 legged beetle with orange colouring on top of back. Beetle had orange belly with black dots. This guy was crawling up my bedroom wall as I was in bed. Fair size, I’d say about the size of my pinky nail. I have never seen this kind before and I am slightly concerned that there may be more, just looking for information. Thank you! From Three Hills, Alberta.

Number 6338 This is a two-spotted stink bug, Perillus bioculatus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae). This is a predatory species, and its primary prey is the Colorado potato beetle; Click here for more detailed information. It is certainly nothing to be concerned about in your home.

Duff millipedes

6337 These are tiny (approx 1-5mm) black worm-like but crawl like caterpillars. They’re inside my walls and climb up windows and walls and are spreading through the whole house wherever hasn’t been sprayed. I think they’re carpet beetle larvae but they’re not in my carpets. I’ve killed over 200 myself and pest control has been 3 times, I was told 99% of carpet beetle larvae don’t behave like this. This has been going on for 4 weeks and I am going crazy. Please help confirm what these are, they look like your recently posted photo but somewhat different. Thank you. From Victoria, BC.

Number 6337 These are duff millipedes (Diplopoda: Polyxenidae; Polyxenus sp.), sometimes also called dwarf or bristly millipedes. Normally found outdoors where they feed primarily on lichens and algae, they cause no harm and do not need control. Visit Click here for more detailed information.

Firebrat

6336 Hi! I see these bugs all around my home and I don’t know what they are or how to get rid of them. I live in the UAE. Can you please help me out? Thanks so much.UAE

Number 6336 This looks like a firebrat (Thermobia domestica; Zygentoma: Lepismatidae), a cosmopolitan nuisance pest. Click here for more detailed information and click here for some control suggestions.

Winter stonefly

6335 We’ve found these guys in the house and crawling on the side of the house but are having trouble getting rid of them. From Peterorough, Ontario

Number 6335 This is a small winter stonefly (Plecoptera: Capniidae); these are harmless and there is no need for control. Their nymphs are found beneath rocks and gravel on the bottom of streams and rivers where they feed on plant material there; the adults feed on blue-green algae.

Drugstore beetle

6334 Just found this in my bed, help??. From Vancouver

Number 6334 This looks like a drugstore beetle, Stegobium paniceum (Coleoptera: Anobiidae); Click here for an image. These beetles and their close relatives, cigarette beetles (Lasioderma serricorne) will feed on an extremely wide variety of organic materials, and can become pantry pests. You likely should check all your dry food storage areas for signs of insect infestation.

Larva of a carpet beetle

6333 Location found: Kitchen cupboard (where pots and pans are stored). Bug size: 5 mm from head to tail. Winter season. Bug alive or dead: alive (barely). I’m not sure what the fuzzy stuff is attached to the tail of the bug. It might just be a dust bunny that the bug got stuck in. Please email me if you are or are not able to identify it. From Calgary

Number 6333 This is a larva of a carpet beetle (Coleoptera: Dermestidae); likely in the genus Anthrenus (varied carpet beetle, etc.).  Click here  for control recommendations.

Southern yellow jacket

6332  This insect is from a very large nest (6′ x 3′) in a tree in Sarasota Florida. I think it may be a Paper Wasp but the photos of various wasps and hornets look a lot alike. Many thanks. From United States.

Number 6332 This looks like a southern yellow jacket, Vespula squamosa (Hymenoptera: Vespidae). These usually nest underground or in cavities, but occasionally have been known to construct very large aerial nests. Click here for more detailed information.

Stink bug

6331  From Ontario

Number 6331 This is a stink bug (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), it looks like a brown marmorated stink bug (Halyomorpha halys), an introduced species that has become well-established in many areas of North America. In addition to its status as an orchard pest, it also can be a nuisance pest when large numbers enter buildings for shelter. Click here for more detailed information.

Cockroach

6330 See them in or around dishwasher. Hard to kill. From Ontario 

Number 6330 This is a cockroach, likely a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blaberoidea: Ectobiidae). This species is notoriously difficult bring under full control; Click here elsewhere on these pages for some control recommendations.

Grain beetle

6329 Hello, I found this indoors in early January. It fell out of some clothes as I moved them. It is very small. I have taken a photo of it next to my index finger in one photo for reference. The photo may be too low quality for your review, but if not, I’m wondering what it is and if it can be harmful. Thanks, Susan. From Nova Scotia

Number 6329 This appears to be one of the grain beetles in the genus Oryzaephilus (Coleoptera: Silvanidae), either a saw-toothed or merchant grain beetle – Click here for more detailed information.

Two-spotted stink bug

6328 I found this bug in my house in January in Saskatchewan. I’d like to know what it is! From Saskatchewan

Number 6328 This is a two-spotted stink bug, Perillus bioculatus (Hemiptera/Heteroptera: Pentatomidae), a predatory species that specializes in feeding on the eggs and larvae of the Colorado potato beetle. This species exhibits a wide range of colour patterns

Nymph of a German cockroach

6327 Hello there, this critter was found in the kitchen of the apartment in Northern Alberta. Legs were unfortunately damaged during capture, hopefully it does not interfere with ID. It is about half and inch in size. Thanks in advance. From Edmonton

Number 6327 This appears to be a nymph of a German cockroach, Blattella germanica (Blaberoidea: Ectobiidae). This species is notoriously difficult bring under full control; Click here elsewhere on these pages for some control recommendations.

Praying mantis

6326 Found this in my garden. Not sure what this insect is. Never seen before. From India

Number 6326 This is a praying mantis (order Mantodea); there are at least 162 species reported from India – Click here for details.

Caterpillar of a swallowtail butterfly

6325 Very putrid smell, about 1.5 inches long, very soft to touch. From British Columbia

Number 6325 This is a caterpillar of a swallowtail butterfly (Lepidoptera: Papilionidae). The foul odor is emitted by the fork-like appendage visible above its head. Called an osmeterium, it serves as a defensive mechanism for the caterpillar; Click here for more detailed information.

Funnel weaver spider

6324 This little arachnid was found inside in my bar sink, late fall, just looked a bit more unusual to the other spideys we have hanging around, Identfication would be very neat if possible :). Thank you. From BC

Number 6324 This is a funnel weaver spider (family Agelenidae); likely in the genus Eratigena –  Click here  for an example. They are not dangerous to humans.

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