Occasional Invader Identification

What are occasional invaders?

Occasional invaders are insects that spend most of their lives living, breeding, and feeding outside. However, when they live in our yards, they sometimes make their way inside our homes. They move indoors to escape unfavorable weather conditions- rainy, hot, cold, or dry.

an earwig crawling on a kitchen counter

Having a basic understanding of our area’s most common occasional invaders is essential so you can take action at first sight of them on your property:

  • Earwigs have an elongated, flattened body. Their most identifying feature is the pincers extending from the hind end.
  • Millipedes are dark brown or black and have a segmented worm-like body with two pairs of legs per body segment.
  • Crickets have rounded heads, long thin antennae, large back legs, and wings bent down at an angle that rests on the sides of their body. 

Are occasional invaders dangerous?

You can describe occasional invaders as nuisance pests. While they are unwanted in our homes, they usually don’t cause significant damage to structures or health risks to people.

If occasional invaders do ever find their way into your home, some unwelcome problems that they could cause include spreading bacteria, contaminating stored foods, and staining surfaces with excrement.

Moisture issues present in your home, like poor ventilation, leaky pipes, or loose seals around windows and doors, will cause structural damage and attract many occasional invaders to your home. Furthermore, if you are finding occasional invaders in your Nevada home, it is a warning sign that other more dangerous pests can also find a way into your house. 

Why do I have an occasional invader problem?

The most common reason your home is experiencing problems with occasional invaders is that the interior of your home provides a more suitable environment than the outside. Your home not only provides warmth, safety, and shelter for you and your family but for occasional invaders as well! Some of their most common entry points include gaps in the foundation, gaps under doors, and damaged wooden trim.

Moisture trapped under things like leaves, weeds, and wood debris near the perimeter of your home provides occasional invaders with hiding spots in your yard and easy access to your home. 

Where will I find occasional invaders?

When occasional invaders enter your home, they will quickly migrate to the area that provides them with suitable living conditions. They prefer to live in areas of a house that gives them the moisture that they need to survive. Basements, crawl spaces, cluttered storage spaces, and areas under sinks are the most common places to spot occasional invaders gathered in a home. 

How do I get rid of occasional invaders?

Stop earwigs, crickets, millipedes, and other occasional invaders from “occasionally” invading your home with the help of our professionals at Natura Pest Control. We pride ourselves on offering superior customer service, and we will work closely with you to control occasional invader populations on your Reno, Nevada, property using clean, green, organic products. You can count on our pest control solutions to be effective and leave behind the smallest environmental footprint possible.

To learn more about keeping occasional invaders out of your residential or commercial space through our high-quality home pest control services, call Natura Pest Control today!

How Can I Prevent Occasional Invaders In The Future?

To help you stop occasional invaders from moving into your Reno home, we want to offer the following prevention tips: 

  • First and foremost, inspect your home’s exterior, sealing any gaps you discover around windows and doors, cracks in the foundation, and damage to the roof.
  • Place door sweeps on all exterior doors.
  • Repair damaged wooden trim and weather-stripping.
  • Remove leaf piles, woodpiles, and fallen trees from your yard where occasional invaders like to take cover.
  • Reduce excess moisture in and around your Reno home by installing gutters, dehumidifiers, and ventilated fans.
  • Keep storage areas in your home organized and as free of as much clutter as possible. 

Implementing these prevention methods will deter occasional invaders from your home

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