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What are occasional invaders?

A group of insects that invade our structures (homes, garages, and sheds) “occasionally” are called occasional invaders. The most common reason these pests move into our Pennsylvania homes and businesses is to get away from unsuitable weather like extreme cold or heat and very rainy or dry conditions.

a camel cricket

Occasional invaders in West Chester include:

  • Boxelder bugs

  • Stink bugs

  • Cave or camel crickets

  • Centipedes and millipedes

  • Earwigs

  • Field crickets

  • Ladybird beetles

  • Pill/sowbugs

  • Clover mites

  • Springtails

  • Cat and dog fleas

  • Ground beetles

Are occasional invaders dangerous?

Occasional invaders aren’t pests that pose a considerable threat but are unwanted in our homes and businesses. Problems with having these pests in your home may include:

  • Chewing on and damaging fabrics

  • Staining walls, curtains, and upholstered furniture with their excrement

  • Contaminating food sources

  • Biting you, your family, and pets (fleas)

Other reasons their presence should be concerning include the fact that if occasional invaders are in your home, it means there are openings in its exterior they are getting through. Those openings could allow other pests or rainwater to get inside your home.

Also, most occasional invaders have high moisture needs; if they migrate into your home, it indicates that a moisture problem may be present that you'll need to address and repair.

Why do I have an occasional invader problem?

Most occasional invaders prefer warm, moist living conditions. Our gardens, flower beds, landscaped areas, and woodpiles often provide the perfect habitat for occasional invaders to live. Their proximity to our homes makes it easy for these pests to find their way inside when needed.

Some occasional invaders like fleas can also find their way inside by hitchhiking on us or our pets. Others like earwigs, stink bugs, and centipedes will hitchhike inside things like boxes, potted plants, and other items that were originally outside.

Where will I find occasional invaders?

Occasional invaders that move into our homes will migrate to bathrooms, kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and crawl spaces, all places that will provide them with a water source and, if need be, food.

Once inside, some of their favorite hideouts are cardboard boxes, in folded linens or stored clothing, under sinks, in pantries, and inside wall voids near leaking pipes.

How do I get rid of occasional invaders?

The best way to find and eliminate occasional invaders from your home is to partner with a professional. At Masters Touch Pest Solutions, we have over 25 years of local pest control experience, and we will provide you with effective and dependable pest control services necessary to identify and remove occasional invaders from your home and yard!

If you live in the West Chester area and need help eliminating occasional invaders that have taken over your residential or commercial property, reach out to Masters Touch Pest Solutions today. Call today to learn more about our tailored pest control options!

How can I prevent occasional invaders in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, take advantage of the following prevention tips to keep occasional invaders out of your home:

  • Repair cracks and other openings you discover in the foundation or exterior of your home.

  • Make sure exterior doors have door sweeps on them.

  • Repair worn door trim or weatherstripping.

  • Use dehumidifiers to keep your basement dry.

  • Make sure basements, attics, and crawl spaces are correctly ventilated.

  • Remove grass clipping weeds, mulch, and fallen leaves from the exterior of your home.

  • Maintain gardens on your property and keep shrubs and bushes cut back from your home’s exterior.

  • Store trash cans and recycling bins up off the ground and away from your outside walls.

  • Regularly vacuum your floors and upholstery.

 

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