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Old 09-17-2019, 10:55 PM   #1
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So we're finding some odd bugs in and around the house lately, and the wife is a little creeped out. Can anyone here help me identify them and what, if any, is the proper course of action to take?

This first little guy has been found near our back entrance (inside the house) and has a few friends who look the same. Seems pretty dumb as he let me take pictures up close and didn't even move as I disposed of him:
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This next guy was about the size of an average mosquito, but of course has the cool mohawk thing going. The gross part? Found him on our bed sheets (the only one so far, thankfully):
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Finally, our apple tree outback in absolutely infested with these. We had an arborist come in and trim the tree considerably this past spring, and the apples have been noticeably less this year. Maybe it was the pruning? Maybe it's these bugs? Maybe it's both? Should I worry about them?
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Old 09-17-2019, 11:08 PM   #2
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Old 09-17-2019, 11:10 PM   #3
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The good news is none of them appear to be bed bugs
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The first may be some kind of weevil, but the triangle on the back puts me in mind of a Tanished Plant Bug.

The middle one I have no idea about.

The bottom ones are just aphids
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The first may be some kind of weevil, but the triangle on the back puts me in mind of a Tanished Plant Bug.

The middle one I have no idea about.

The bottom ones are just aphids
First one looks like a Box Elder Beetle. They’re common this time of year. I don’t know what the others are but I think you’re right that the last one is aphids.
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First one looks like a Box Elder Beetle. They’re common this time of year. I don’t know what the others are but I think you’re right that the last one is aphids.
I'm not sure on that Box Elder Bug. Those always have orange markings... unless the colour in this photo is really bad.
Might be a type of Lygus bug?
They are common in Calgary, though they look kinda more brown then the dark in the photo, but they do have that white chevron shape and those little lighter markings at the back sides.

https://www.grainews.ca/2018/01/30/w...n-your-canola/
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I'm not sure on that Box Elder Bug. Those always have orange markings... unless the colour in this photo is really bad.
Might be a type of Lygus bug?
They are common in Calgary, though they look kinda more brown then the dark in the photo, but they do have that white chevron shape and those little lighter markings at the back sides.

https://www.grainews.ca/2018/01/30/w...n-your-canola/
Oh that looks spot on! There were definitely no orange marks on that bug. I just reviewed the 4 different pics I have of it and the Lygus in that link looks very close. Time to start some research...

Edit: I've spent a bunch of time on farms lately - I'm thinking I might have brought this fella home with me...
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Old 09-18-2019, 12:34 AM   #8
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The first one is usually associated with plants. Relatively harmless in your situation.

No idea what the second one is.

Last one does look like aphids. I think you can just use some white/apple cider vinegar 2:1 ratio with water in a spray bottle to kill them. They won't really affect you, but in large numbers they'll kill plants, especially house plants.
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1st one is a Lygus bug
2nd one, I don't know
3rd one, it's tough to tell from the picture. I would guess an aphid of some kind, maybe a bird-cherry or turnip? Tough to say.
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I thought the way to get rid of aphids was to spray your plant with a dish soap and water concoction? It kills them anyway.
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I thought the way to get rid of aphids was to spray your plant with a dish soap and water concoction? It kills them anyway.
Either works, just make sure you lay something down around the base of the plant so the solution does not enter the soil. I usually just go in with a spray bottle and absolutely decimate them with the water pressure alone, little pricks
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You missed the great annual flying ant day on Monday. I went out for a walk and saw thousands of ants all along peoples yards ready to take off. When I came back from my walk about 30 minutes later, they were all gone.
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You missed the great annual flying ant day on Monday. I went out for a walk and saw thousands of ants all along peoples yards ready to take off. When I came back from my walk about 30 minutes later, they were all gone.
Last year that was awful at our place, they were everywhere. This year, nothing.

Also, anyone notice fewer box-elder bugs this year? Normally they'll all over our front yard by early September, this year I haven't seen any.
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Last year that was awful at our place, they were everywhere. This year, nothing.



Also, anyone notice fewer box-elder bugs this year? Normally they'll all over our front yard by early September, this year I haven't seen any.

There are box elder bugs in Calgary? I have only seen them in enormous hoards in Kelowna.
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There are box elder bugs in Calgary? I have only seen them in enormous hoards in Kelowna.
Yeah, we've got a box elder (usually called a manitoba maple in Calgary) outside our place, and most septembers, you kick away the dead leaves and the pavement will have the masses of red juveniles.
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The good thing is none of these look like Wolves Coyotes.
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