dooryard pests ID

Strawberry Root Weevil

Strawberry Root Weevil:


Appearance:

Strawberry Root Weevils are 1/4” long, black or dark brown with rows of pit markings on the top side.


Cycle:

Females lay clusters of eggs in the soil from late summer to early fall. Over winter, the mature larvae in the soil emerge in the spring to feed before pupating into an adult.


Habit and Behaviour:

They will cause damage to your plants as larvae feed on roots and adults feed on plant foliage.

Box Elder Bug

Box Elder Bug:


Appearance:

They are 11 to 14mm long and black in colour with red lines along the thorax and sides.


Cycle:

These bugs lay eggs in the bark or leaves of ash, maple, and box elder trees. The eggs hatch in a few days and moult multiple times during the summer to develop into adults.


Habit and Behaviour:

They feed on leaves, flowers, twigs and liquids from trees. When it cools down (during fall) they can migrate towards the warmth of various structures or deep into the bark of large trees.

Centipede

Centipede:


Appearance:

Centipedes are 1/8” to 6” long and yellowish to dark brown in colour. Adults typically have 15 pairs of legs.


Cycle:

Centipedes will lay approximately 35 eggs in or around the soil in the summer.


Habit and Behaviour:

They are nocturnal and primarily feed on flies, spiders and occasionally plant tissue. Centipedes are commonly found in moist damp areas such as basements, crawlspaces, washrooms and plants.

MILLIPEDES

Millipedes:


Appearance:

They will be 5/8” to 4” long and have a brownish colour with multiple segments. Each segment has 2 pairs of legs.


Cycle:

Females will lay as little as 20 eggs and as much as 300 hundred eggs in nests in the soil or decaying organic materials.


Habit and Behaviour:

Typically they live outside in dark areas with high moisture and feed on decaying organic materials. They will sometimes find their way into basements, but die in a few days due to the lack of moisture.

Sow bugs

Sow Bug:


Appearance:

Approximately 1cm long with a flat oval body and several body segments.


Cycle:

Reproduction is in March and April; the females will produce about two dozen offspring.


Habit and Behaviour:

Normally they are found outside under organic material, leaves, and rocks as they require moisture to survive. They can be found in basements, laundry rooms, and washrooms as well.

Clover mite

Clover Mites:


Appearance:

Smaller than a pin head, clove mites are 1/64” long and will range in a brown to olive green colour.


Cycle:

Females will deposit approximately 70 eggs into protected areas on building foundations and under the bark of trees.


Habit and Behaviour:

They feed on various types of plants, and accordingly are often found in areas with lush vegetation. However, they will move into the cracks and crevasses of structures in the fall and winter.

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