Occasional Invader Identification

What are occasional invaders?

Insects that mainly live outdoors but move inside from time to time, usually while trying to escape harsh weather conditions, are referred to as occasional invaders. Examples of the most common occasional invaders living in our area of Ohio include box elder bugs, brown marmorated stink bugs, camel crickets, centipedes, clover mites, earwigs, ladybugs, and millipedes.

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Are occasional invaders dangerous?

Occasional invaders are a nuisance to deal with because they congregate in large groups and are difficult to prevent and eliminate. In general, occasional invaders don’t bite or sting and do not pose a significant health risk. However, we should never allow these pests to move freely in and out of our homes; they are annoying to deal with, stain or chew fabrics, create unpleasant odors, and contaminate surfaces with bacteria they carry on their bodies and legs. Occasional invaders belong outside, not inside our homes and businesses.

Why do I have an occasional invader problem?

Occasional invaders can become a problem in your home at any time of the year but tend to be most problematic during the late fall and winter seasons when the weather is cold. When living outside in gardens, mulch, trees, or flowerbeds close to our home’s exterior, it is easy for them to find a way inside either accidentally while seeking food or when looking for a warm, safe place overwinter.

Where will I find occasional invaders?

When occasional invaders move into our homes, they typically enter through gaps around windows and doors, cracks in foundations, holes along the roofline, and spaces around utilities.

After moving inside, they travel throughout your home until they find a suitable place to hide, usually choosing dark, secluded areas. Some favorite hideouts include cabinets, cardboard boxes, closets, basements, attics, wall voids, and spaces under floors. These insects usually stay hidden until the temperature warms in the spring, and they decide to move back outside; however, on warm, sunny days, you may find these pests emerging from their hiding spots and congregating around windows.

How do I get rid of occasional invaders?

At Ohio Pest Control, Inc., we can provide the services needed to eliminate occasional invaders from your home or business. We understand how frustrating these pests can be and will quickly come to your aid, providing a thorough inspection and performing effective, customized treatments. Our family-owned and operated company will protect your family and property from problems with occasional invaders and other pests. To learn more about our residential or commercial pest control options, call the local professionals at Ohio Pest Control today.

How can I prevent occasional invaders in the future?

In conjunction with our effective services, our prevention tips will help you defend your home against occasional invaders:

  • The biggest step to preventing problems with occasional invaders is to seal openings in your home’s exterior walls and foundation that will allow them to move inside.
  • Make sure windows and doors have secure screens in them; replace any with holes.
  • Cut back overgrown vegetation and tree branches that provide occasional invaders easy access to your home’s exterior, and allows these pests to hide.
  • Reduce excess moisture in and around your home by repairing dripping pipes, leaking hoses, clogged drains, and use dehumidifiers.
  • Many insects are attracted to outdoor lighting; change lights from white lights to yellow or LED lights that are less attractive to insects.
  • Use curtains or blinds in windows to make your indoor lights less visible to insects.

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