What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

Subject:  What is this bug?
Geographic location of the bug:  Brampton, Ontario, Canada
Date: 02/26/2018
Time: 09:04 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  There were many of these bugs last summer. I’ve never seen them before. They were near my blazing stars, wild geraniums, clematis and lilies. They are not the same as the bugs that attacked  my lilies the year before.
How you want your letter signed:  Dying to know.


Dear Dying to know,
This sure looks to us like a European Firebug,
Pyrrhocoris apterus, a species that has been introduced to North America, but according to BugGuide, there are only reports from Utah.  If it has also become established in Canada, you should probably notify your local agricultural agency.

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What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Brampton, Ontario, Canada

5 Responses to Invasive Firebug reported in Ontario Canada

  1. Rick Ross says:

    I also have tons of these pop up recently. I also live in Brampton. What is the best authority to notify?

  2. Donna says:

    I live in Brampton and also have firebugs in my garden. First year I have ever seen these

  3. Rob says:

    We’ve seen swarms of them on trees in Mississauga.

  4. Sunny says:

    I live in Downsview. I just saw thousands of these bugs in my front garden while cleaning today. Is there any way of controlling these bugs naturally as I have 2 cats.

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