Occasional Invader Identification Guide
What are occasional invaders?
While insects and other pests spend most of their lives outside, some pests decide to "occasionally" invade our homes while looking for food or while trying to escape extreme weather conditions. Usually, when occasional invaders live outside, they cause us no bother, but when they invade our personal space, they become problematic and bothersome pests in our homes and businesses.
In our area, the most common occasional invaders that homeowners contact us about are earwigs, silverfish, and Asian lady beetles.
Are occasional invaders dangerous?
Occasional invaders are more annoying than they are dangerous. They are not likely to cause structural damage, but they do sometimes damage upholstery, fabrics, paper, and personal items. Earwigs, silverfish, and Asian lady beetles are not pests that pose significant problems for people, and they are not known to spread diseases.
Why do I have an occasional invader problem?
Silverfish, Asian ladybugs, and earwigs live outside in the damp, moist soil. They often take up residence in the ground or under mulch located around the foundation of our homes and other outbuildings. If the weather becomes too hot, cold, wet, or dry, they move inside to seek the refuge our temperature-controlled homes provide.
The presence of occasional invaders in your home is a good indicator that its exterior needs to be inspected, and any openings you find, need to be repaired. Occasional invaders enter inside through spaces in the foundation or exterior walls, under doors, or through vents.
Where will I find occasional invaders?
Occasional invaders usually move into dark, warm, humid areas of a home. Popular hangouts for occasional invaders include:
- Wall voids
- Under sinks
- Around drains or sump pumps
How do I get rid of occasional invaders?
Occasional invaders are difficult pests to control and eliminate. If you are experiencing problems with occasional invaders in your Oklahoma, Kansas, or Arkansas home or business, let the professionals at BugBros Pest Control help. We take pride in offering the consistent and convenient services needed to eliminate pests and prevent them from returning, when DIY solutions just won't do. We dedicate ourselves to providing our customers with a pest-free environment that can be enjoyed by family and friends. We kill bugs and create #CrazyHappyCustomers!
How can I prevent occasional invaders in the future?
Let the professionals at BugBros in conjunction with our helpful prevention tips help you avoid problems with occasional invaders:
- Keep the soil around your home's foundation as dry as possible. Cut back shrubbery, don't over-water gardens, and make sure that gutters are in good working order.
- Rake leaves and mulch away from the outside walls of your home.
- Create a stone barrier between any soil or grass and the foundation.
- Place trash cans and recycling bins up off of the ground.
- Inside your home, reduce moisture levels by using air conditioners, dehumidifiers, and ventilating fans.
- Make sure crawl spaces are free of debris and are well ventilated.
- Keep storage areas clear of clutter and debris to reduce hiding spots in your home.
For more information about our occasional invader control services, reach out to BugBros Pest Control today. We would love to work with you to ensure that your residential or commercial property is free of occasional invaders and other pests!