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Occasional Invader Identification

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What are occasional invaders?

Occasional invaders live outside in many places, including on trees, in gardens, within woodpiles, and in grassy areas or areas of mulch. These insects live outside for most of the year and have no desire to find another place to live. However, things like a lack of moisture or extreme weather conditioners will drive these pests into our homes.

Examples of occasional invaders that become a problem inside of Utah homes include:

  • Centipedes
  • Clover mites
  • Earwigs
  • Millipedes
  • Pill bugs
  • Sow bugs

Are occasional invaders dangerous?

In most cases, occasional invaders pose no danger to people or our structures. They are in our homes to have a safe place to stay that provides them with a source of moisture. However, having these unwanted pests in your house is problematic, even in small numbers. Their presence is a sanitary issue (they are covered in bacteria); also, if occasional invaders can get into your home, so can more problematic pests.

Why do I have an occasional invader problem?

Occasional invaders have become a problem in your house for one simple reason; it provides them with a place to live. If it becomes too dry or wet outside our homes, it gives them a respite.

Sometimes occasional invaders become a problem when they are accidentally introduced into our homes in things like potted plants, storage boxes, or on pieces of firewood.

Where will I find occasional invaders?

When occasional invaders move into homes and other structures, they typically do so at ground level, moving indoors through spaces under doors, around basement windows, or cracks in the foundation. Once inside, they usually gather in the corners of basements, under storage boxes, in crawl spaces, around washing machines, and under sinks, all places that provide them with a dark, quiet retreat and the moisture they need to survive.

How do I get rid of occasional invaders?

The best way to get rid of occasional invaders from your property is by partnering with us at Bug Wranglers. Our detail-oriented professionals will provide thorough inspections, recommendations to make your property less attractive to pests, and a tailored treatment plan. When you partner with us at Bug Wranglers, you can have the assurance that we will provide you with effective pest control services your Springville home needs.

If you live in Utah County and want to learn more about guarding your Springville home against occasional invaders, contact us today!

How can I prevent occasional invaders in the future?

Prevent problems with occasional invaders with the help of the experts at Bug Wranglers and our most helpful prevention tips.

  • Prevent occasional invaders from finding easy access into your home by thoroughly inspecting its exterior. 
  • Seal any spaces you discover in the foundation of your house, and use door sweeps to close gaps under exterior doors.
  • Make sure to place weatherstripping around basement windows.
  • Reduce moisture in your home by ensuring proper ventilation, using dehumidifiers, and quickly repairing leaky pipes or fixtures. 
  • Keep storage areas like basements or crawl spaces neat and organized to identify an occasional invader infestation sooner rather than later.