What are occasional invaders?
The term “occasional invaders” is a name the describes a group of pests that live mostly outside but, from time to time, move into our homes. Their motivation for moving inside is usually the weather; when the weather becomes too hot, cold, wet, or dry, they move inside, seeking more suitable conditions. Examples of occasional invaders that find their way into Nebraska homes or businesses are silverfish, centipedes, and earwigs.
Are occasional invaders dangerous?
Most of the time, occasional invaders are just a nuisance. They are not pests that typically create health risks for people. However, some occasional invaders will cause damage to our properties. For instance, silverfish will chew on and damage things like wallpaper, books, pictures, and other paper items. Silverfish may also contaminate dry goods stored in pantries. Also, some occasional invaders may secrete unpleasant odors, stain surfaces, and fabrics with excrement, or damage houseplants.
Why do I have an occasional invader problem?
Occasional invaders can become a problem in homes at any time of the year, but the chance of an infestation increases in the late fall or winter. Those are the times of the year when some occasional invaders are looking for a spot to overwinter.
Silverfish, centipedes, and earwigs can find their way into our homes easily because they live outside in soil or mulch that is near our foundations. They get in through openings they discover in the foundation. Spaces under or around basement windows or doors are also common entry points.
Where will I find occasional invaders?
Occasional invaders like silverfish, earwigs, and centipedes like to live within damp soil in flower beds, under mulch, under landscaping ties, and around foundations. Other common places where these occasional invaders live include under trash cans, compost piles, leaf piles, or fallen trees.
When occasional invaders decide to move inside, they inhabit areas that copy where they live outside. Earwigs, silverfish, and earwigs all like to live in areas of a home that are traditionally damp, such as basements, crawl spaces, bathrooms, kitchens, and utility rooms.
How do I get rid of occasional invaders?
Get rid of occasional invaders from your residential or commercial property with the help of the local experts at All Star Pest Control. We will eliminate occasional invaders and other pests from your home or business and provide the follow-up services needed to prevent them from returning. We work closely with our customers to ensure that we meet all their pest control needs.
All Star Pest Control offers exceptional pest control services, using the most modern technology and products available. If you are ready to protect your Omaha, Nebraska home or business from pests, reach out to All Star Pest Control today. Our results are guaranteed!
How can I prevent occasional invaders in the future?
The best way to prevent future problems with occasional invaders is to partner with the professionals at All Star Pest Control. It is also important to implement the following prevention tips:
- Leave a 12 to 18-inch barrier between mulch or grass and your home’s foundation.
- Remove leaf piles, fallen trees, and logs from your property.
- Store your woodpiles, trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins up off of the ground and away from your house.
- To keep occasional invaders out of your house, inspect the exterior of your home, sealing as many entry points as possible.
- Keep moisture levels in and around your home as low as possible.
- Fix leaky pipes and keep your gutters in good working order.
- Inside your home, use dehumidifiers or air conditioners to reduce humidity levels.
- Ventilate crawl spaces to keep them as dry as possible.