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When you sit down and look at things, occasional invaders are a truly unique classification of pest. One reason for this is because they don’t just consist of one species. This specific classification of pests is made up of a variety of insects. For instance, centipedes, earwigs, pillbugs, crickets, beetles, silverfish, ladybugs, spiders, and even cluster flies. All these insects can be classified as occasional invaders. Unfortunately, this does pose some unique problems in of itself. The first being, it makes detection and elimination a complete nightmare. You’ll have to learn how to identify a variety of pests instead of just one.
What Are Occasional Invaders
You’ll want to start your journey by understanding the occasional invader and what kind of pest they are. As you have likely already imagined from the name, these are a type of pest that only occasionally get indoors. While several of these insects can find their way indoors through tiny cracks and crevices, most of them are there for food, shelter, or warmth. A lot of these invaders will start trying to make their way on the property when the cooler weather sets in. With the cool nights in Austin, this could be a common nightly occurrence for some homeowners. It honestly depends on your location and the type of pest you are being invaded by.
Are Occasional Invaders Dangerous?
The one good thing about these pests is they don’t generally pose a threat. They aren’t dangerous to your home, and they aren’t dangerous to you. There are some exceptions to this statement, however. One exception would be the centipede. Centipedes do bite, but it is usually only when they feel threatened. You do not want to handle these pests directly by hand. While their bites can be extremely unpleasant, it doesn’t really post any serious issues for people or pets. The bite doesn’t transmit any disease or isn’t venomous.
Earwigs and silverfish, on the other hand, put off a frightening presence, but are more than a nuisance than anything. One of the reasons they are a major nuisance is because when they show up on the property, they don’t show up alone or in small numbers. These pests bring everybody and their mother along for the party.
Why Do I Have Occasional Invaders?
As you already learned occasional invaders usually make their way on properties when seeking warmth, food, or shelter. That being said, there are some of these pests that can indicate underlying problems. For instance, centipedes, earwigs, and silverfish are all moisture-seeking pests. They move into the home in search of these environmental conditions. They might also move onto the property when the weather becomes undesirable outside. Heavy rains, extreme dry heat, and low temps can force these invaders indoors.
Prevention Is The Key
When it comes to any unwanted invader, prevention is key. This is especially true when it comes to the occasional invader. Learning to prevent these pests from getting on the property in the first place can be immensely helpful. Of course, this is much easier said than done, but something our highly qualified pros are more than capable of helping with. This doesn’t mean there aren’t things you can’t do yourself, as there are plenty.
You can start by reducing humidity levels in basements, crawlspaces, and other storage areas. This is something that can be accomplished with a dehumidifier. Making sure crawlspaces and basements are properly ventilated will also help. Any sources of standing water or leaky pipes will also need to be corrected immediately. Overgrown vegetation, shrubs, woodpiles, leaves, and common yard debris can be other things you’ll want to eliminate from the home. Sealing cracks and gaps in the foundation can go miles towards deterring the pests. Whether you are not capable of this or simply don’t want to fool with it, we’ll be more than glad to help. All you need to do is reach out to our highly-trained pros.