In the grand scope of things, occasional invaders are not a big issue in the world of pest control. A few ladybugs, a couple of stink bugs, and even a silverfish or two don’t run most of us out of the house. Now a spider might cause you to stand on a chair, and just one cricket can deprive you of several nights sleep.
Occasional invaders typically don’t become a problem until they become an infestation. Even a harmless ladybug becomes not so cute anymore when they have covered your walls with their “mark”. Is there anything positive to associate with the word “infestation”?
What are they looking for?
Occasional invaders, like most pests, are typically looking for food, water or warmth. The best places to find them are under sinks, cupboards, crawl spaces, basements, showers, and tubs.
What are some common occasional invaders?
Centipedes (usually found in shower drains)
Earwigs (usually found in moist areas)
Pill Bugs (aka Roly Polies or Doodle Bugs)
Silverfish (attracted to paper like wallpaper, books and envelopes)
If they aren’t really harmful, then what’s the problem?
You won’t get carried off into the night by a swarm of ladybugs, however…there are some occasional invaders with some pretty yucky characteristics. Again, a few aren’t a problem. It’s all about an infestation. Here is a list of reasons to avoid an infestation of occasional invaders.
Some secrete foul odors
Some may cause damage and/or staining to your indoor fabrics
They can damage your indoor plants
They may bite or pinch you or your pets
When they die, their bodies can attract other pests
The dead bodies, shed skins and droppings can cause some people to have allergic and/or asthma issues
Where are they the rest of the year?
Occasional invaders aren’t mysterious pests that suddenly appear in the winter, they are active year round. Most of the time they are outdoors and we don’t notice them until they start getting inside our homes for the winter.
We will say it again. Keeping all pests OUT of your home is most of the war. Pay attention to cracks around windows and doors, tears in screens, piles of leaves or branches around your home. Repair any possible entryway for pests so they can’t get in your home. Eliminate areas where water can collect. Check under your sinks for leaking pipes and repair.
When you partner with Lawn and Pest Solutions, we will help you wage war against the “occasional invaders” . Our services will also protect your home from termites, roaches, ants and more. Our licensed pest technicians will thoroughly spray inside and outside of your home on a regular schedule to keep your home pest free year round. Contact us here to learn more about our #pest360 program.