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What Is An Occasional Invader?
Given their name, you probably already have a general understanding of what an occasional invader is. They are like in-laws. They are occasional invaders that find their way into your home every once in a while. The good thing about these critters is, they are just of the occasional variety, meaning you won’t have to worry about them all the time.
They aren’t looking for permanent residence, they are just simply passing through. More than likely they are seeking warmth or food. Some of the more popular hangouts for these types of pests are crawl spaces, basements, showers, under sinks, cupboards, and tubs. A couple of good things about these pests is, they are not disease-spreading. They also don’t pose your property any threat, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t a nuisance. Some pests that could be classified as occasional invaders are:
House Centipedes: These pests are commonly found in shower drains
Earwigs: Any area with excess moisture or leaking water will be ideal for earwigs
Pill Bugs: These bugs are commonly referred to as Roly Polies or Doodle Bugs
Silverfish: Interestingly enough, these critters only feed on carbohydrates like sugars and starches
Why Are Occasional Invaders In My Home?
Occasional invaders are like most pests out there today, meaning they’ll find their way into your home or property through exposed cracks and crevices. They will probably be searching for food, water, or shelter.
Are Occasional Invaders A Threat?
As you learned from above, most pests that fall into the occasional invader category are not really considered a threat. They don’t pose humans a threat, they don’t pose animals a threat, and they won’t harm the structural integrity of your property. Some people would even consider some of these pests as beneficial, and this is because they feed on other troublesome pests. What’s even more impressive with these pests is, they don’t reproduce in the home. This means you don’t have to worry about female bugs laying eggs or giving birth on your property.
Proper Elimination Of Occasional Invaders
As with just about any pest out there, the very best method is to prevent them from entering the home before they get inside. Of course, this is always much easier said than done. As a pest management expert, I can tell you that it is hard to completely eliminate your threat of occasional invaders. However, there are things that you can do to mitigate your risk. And, doing so will save you a lot of money, time, and hassle. All that being said, if you do find yourself with an occasional invader problem, you can easily take care of it.
You can simply start with trying to vacuum up the pests and then emptying the bag in sealed cans that are sufficiently located away from the property. Unfortunately, this might not be all that is needed. If you try this and find that you are still having problems, you’ll want to turn to the pros.
When Can The Pros Get Here?
Given the unique properties of Charlotte North Carolina and our innate knowledge of the pest management field, we stay pretty busy. Combine this with the fact that we also handle a handful of other pests, and you can imagine that we stay busy all year round. Of course, this doesn’t mean that we aren’t more than willing to accommodate the local clientele. And, we are! You give us a call, we’ll have a trained pro out at the property within at least 24 to 48 hours.
Do You Offer Safe Treatment Options?
If you do a little bit of search online, you’ll find that there are all kinds of treatment options available for occasional invaders. You can try vacuuming them up or you can try some of the over-the-counter pesticides. That being said, there is one thing you have to remember. Over-the-counter pesticides aren’t as effective. And, this is because they likely don’t contain the chemicals needed to successfully eradicate these pests. Such chemicals require a special license to handle and distribute. Anyone handling or distributing these chemicals without a proper license will be doing so illegally.
Properly Preventing Occasional Invaders
Luckily, there are a handful of things that homeowners can do to potentially eliminate their occasional invader threat. Some of these things might include but are not limited to:
- Maintain all food in resealable containers
- Maintain clean kitchens, crawl spaces, basements, and attics
- Eliminate excess moisture and standing water around the foundation of the home
- Seal all cracks and unnatural openings on the outside of the home
- Areas under the sink as well as basements, attics, and crawl spaces should properly be ventilated and dry
- Keep an eye out for mold and mildew, as this can be a sign of moisture problems
- Always properly and thoroughly inspect packages and groceries before bringing them into the home