Occasional invaders are pests that typically remain outside unless the environment becomes hostile, usually due to bad weather. Examples of occasional invaders are boxelders, millipedes, centipedes, ladybugs, earwigs, silverfish, slugs, and stink bugs.
Most occasional invaders aren’t harmful. Some, like ladybugs, can emit a fluid when crushed that will stain the surface they were on. Silverfish can destroy paper, including wallpaper or books. Even though they are not a danger to you or your family, they are a nuisance if they’re in your home.
To prevent the appearance of these invaders, eliminate potential shelters for pests around your home. Indoors, remove clutter, and keep your home tidy so insects don’t have a place to set up a home. Outdoors, rake and dispose of leaves, trim greenery away from the home, and keep wood piles stored several feet away from the home. It’s also important to ensure proper drainage around the house so that no moisture collects to attract pests.
Finally, close off their access points. Seal any cracks in your home’s foundation or molding with caulk, and add weatherstripping to doors and windows. If you can see daylight, an insect can make its way indoors.
After a storm or during a particularly cold winter, keep an eye out for occasional invaders. If you find them in your home, you can vacuum them up and dispose of them outside. If you’re seeing signs of an infestation, or it seems to be a persistent problem, give our team a call. We’re happy to help.