Occasional Invaders

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When most people hear the term occasional invader, they tend to think of something similar to a houseguest. Although they may only be with you for a short while, their very presence could indicate much bigger, underlying problems. Not only that, but their presence can be unsettling in many ways. Discover one crawling up your leg in the middle of the night in the pitch dark and you’ll know all too well what this means.


On the upside, you don’t have to be physically threatened by many of these invaders because they don’t pose a single threat. Most of them aren’t even known to attack, but that doesn’t make their presence any less unsettling. In addition to indicating other potential problems, occasional invaders have likely made their way onto your property as a means of survival. This will only contribute to the complexities of removing them from the property. Luckily, that’s exactly what we are here to assist with!


Proper Identification


One of the things that make the successful removal of occasional invaders so difficult is that they do not fall into one distinct classification. For instance, occasional invaders are a group of insects and other arthropods that sporadically enter structures, usually in large numbers when they do. They usually get on the property because they are seeking shelter for the upcoming winter months. Millipedes, pillbugs, house centipedes, crickets, beetles, earwigs, cluster flies, silverfish, ladybugs, and even spiders can all be classified as occasional invaders.


Since there are so many different species that make up the occasional invader, one must be prepared and equipped to take a variety of approaches to eliminate the invader from the property. Spider removal will require a different approach than the removal of silverfish. This is what makes successfully dealing with these pests much more difficult than just dealing with one, single species. On top of this, you’ll need to know how to properly identify each insect.


You won’t even know what removal steps to know until you know and understand the type of insect you are dealing with. This is why professional assistance is oftentimes required when it comes to these pests.




Property owners can take the removal and elimination of occasional invaders upon themselves, but it will, by no means, be an easy task. Your first hurdle will be learning how to properly identify the invader on your property. Adult centipedes are long, segmented worm-like pests with yellow to dark brown bodies. Each of their body segments will contain a set of legs. The front legs are unique, as they will contain a sharp set of claws.


While these claws do contain venom, they are generally only used for capturing and paralyzing prey. They pose no real threat to humans. Humans are too large to be affected by the minimal levels of venom emitted from the centipede’s pinch. On top of this, they aren’t really aggressive and it is unlikely they would attack.




Earwigs are similarly long with smooth bodies that appear in dark brown and reddish colors. They also have a set of pinchers, but these pincer-like appendages are located off the abdomen. They are commonly referred to in the pest community as cerci. Thanks to these unique pinchers, the earwig is commonly referred to as pincer bugs.




Despite its name, the silverfish is not an aquatic insect. It does, however, thrive on high levels of moisture and water. In fact, its very presence in the home likely points to excessive moisture levels.


Successful removal and elimination of this invader might require nothing more than the installation of a dehumidifier or the fixing of a water leak. That said, they have elongated teardrop-shaped bodies covered in bluish-brown scales. With long antennae and three long, bristle-like appendages on their back end, these pests should be easily identifiable.


Why Are Occasional Invaders On My Property?


The invaders listed above are all moisture-seeking pests. While they will move into the home when the weather starts to drop, they all thrive for moisture. Another interesting note, there are some areas where the heat and humidity will force the invaders inside. They are typically in search of warmer, temperature-controlled environments. The key takeaway here is that these invaders start outdoors. They couldn’t get into your home without the necessary access.


Now, finding and eliminating that access might be more difficult than most would imagine, as they can get into the tiniest of cracks and crevices.


Where Are Occasional Invaders Common Found?


Despite what many might believe, occasional invaders prefer the outdoors. They don’t want to be in the home and only venture there as a means of survival. When they live outside, they typically like to take up residence in damp areas. Under mulch, in landscape tiles, under rocks, and anywhere that is humid and dark will make a preferable abode for this pest. Attics, walls voids, crawl spaces, basements, bathrooms, and laundry rooms make the perfect housing indoors.


How Do I Rid My Property Of Occasional Invaders?


The simplest and easiest way to eliminate occasional invaders from your property and keep them out is with the assistance of a professional pest specialist. Our highly equipped and specialized teams of pest specialists employ the most advanced methods in conjunction with tried and tested means to detect and eliminate occasional invaders.


It is our goal to not only help you remove your pest problem but help you keep it gone. We’ll scour your property, seeking out and eliminating problem areas. All it will take is a simple, single phone call to our office to get the ball rolling. We offer free quotes along with in-home consultations for those interested in our pest services.

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