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Occasional Invader Identification

What are occasional invaders?

Insects and other pests live all around us, and we usually don’t take much notice of them – until they decide to move into our homes. Once inside, they become annoying and unwanted pests. Occasional invaders spend most of the lives outside, only occasionally moving into our homes. Occasional invaders are are difficult to prevent, and often move inside in large numbers – becoming an annoyance for homeowners to deal with, year after year.

a stink bug on a leaf

In our area of Georgia, the most common species of occasional invaders that invade our homes and businesses include:

  • Beetles
  • Stink bugs
  • Earwigs

Are occasional invaders dangerous?

Occasional invaders are not usually dangerous pests. They are, however, unwanted in our homes, as they are capable of causing some damage to our property. When these insects move into our homes in large groups, it is common for them to stain walls, curtains, and upholstered furniture with their excrement.

Occasional invaders sometimes will chew on and damage things like books, papers, houseplants, and stored food products. Other insects, like stink bugs, are just plain unpleasant to deal with as they will emit a foul odor in your home.

Why do I have an occasional invader problem?

The most common reasons for the presence of occasional invaders in your home include the following:

  • The weather has become unsuitable (too hot, too cold, too wet, or too dry.)
  • Some species, such as the stink bug, move inside buildings to overwinter.
  • They move inside on, or in, objects such as boxes or potted plants.
  • They wander inside on their own, while out foraging for food.

Where will I find occasional invaders?

Many species of occasional invaders, including earwigs, beetles, and stink bugs, primarily live outside. Our yards often provide a lot of options for them to call home, such as flower beds, leaf piles, firewood piles, and landscaping ties. Some like to hide under trash cans or compost bins.

After seeking solace inside our homes, occasional invaders typically move into areas that are similar to their outdoor environments. Inside our homes, occasional invaders become a problem in basements, crawlspaces, bathrooms, and kitchens. In addition to our homes, occasional invaders often find their way into our garages and sheds, where they will hide out in boxes and other clutter.

How do I get rid of occasional invaders?

To protect your property from occasional invaders, it is essential to maintain an effective pest prevention and control program. For the complete removal of occasional invaders from your Georgia property, call MSI Termite & Pest Control and learn about our Peachtree City occasional invader control services. By working together, we can make sure your home or business stays free of occasional invaders and other pests.

How can I prevent occasional invaders in the future?

At MSI Termite & Pest Control, we want to provide you with some helpful tips to help you avoid problems with occasional invaders in your home:

  • Keep occasional invaders out of your home by caulking openings in exterior walls, and around windows and doors.
  • Make sure screens in windows and doors are not loose or torn.
  • Check your home’s exterior doors, and make sure they close tightly; install door sweeps, if needed.
  • Make sure garage doors close all the way.
  • Inspect outdoor plants before bringing them inside.
  • Rake away mulch and leaves from your home’s foundation.
  • Thoroughly and regularly vacuum your home.
  • Keep humidity levels in your home low by using air conditioners and dehumidifiers.

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