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What Are Occasional Invaders?

Occasional invaders are insects that are the happiest living outside feeding and breeding. However, when they live in or near our homes or businesses, they've found our structures can provide them with the shelter necessary to protect them from unsuitable weather. Things like extremely hot, wet, or cold weather can drive these pests indoors.

There are many pests that we considered occasional invaders; these insects regularly call our yards home and occasionally use our homes, garages, and other indoor spaces to their advantage.

  • Centipedes
  • Crickets
  • Earwigs
  • Millipedes
  • Pill bugs
  • Silverfish
  • Sow bugs
  • Springtails
  • Webbing clothes moths

Are Occasional Invaders Dangerous?

Like other pests, you should never ignore occasional invaders when you find them in or around your home. When any pest infiltrates our boundaries and moves into our homes, they are unwanted; most occasional invaders are more of an annoyance to deal with than a danger.

It is important to remember that occasional invaders have the potential to be dangerous or destructive. Some cause damage to fabrics like clothing, rugs, or upholstered furniture; others may bite or sting if handled, and others contaminate food.

Why Do I Have an Occasional Invader Problem?

Most occasional invaders live in damp areas of soil or within dense areas of grass or other vegetation. Most of our California yards offer occasional invaders a suitable habitat. When these pests live in our gardens, flowerbeds, trash cans, under decks, or within woodpiles, it is easy for them to find a space in our home’s exterior that will allow them to move indoors to escape the harsh weather outside.

Common entry points include:

  • Gaps under exterior doors
  • Damaged weather-stripping around windows and doors
  • Spaces around light fixtures
  • Cracks in the foundation
  • Vents or drains
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Where Will I Find Occasional Invaders?

In our Southern California homes, occasional invaders, depending on their species, will gather in several different areas. They usually choose dark, damp places that are quiet and away from areas of high traffic. Closets, crawl spaces, pantries, linen closets, basements, cardboard boxes, and spaces behind large appliances are places occasional invaders like to gather.

How Do I Get Rid of Occasional Invaders?

Protecting your home against unwanted occasional invaders is best done with the help of a professional and the implementation of regular pest control services. At A Step Above Pest Control & Termite, we offer thorough inspections, accurate identifications, and tailored treatment options to solve your property’s pest problems.

We are here to serve you and meet your pest control needs to ensure your home becomes and stays pest-free. Learn more about our home pest control or commercial pest control options, or call today to get started!

How Can I Prevent Occasional Invaders in the Future?

Keep occasional invaders out of your Los Angeles area home with the following prevention tips.

  • Place weather-stripping around windows and doors.
  • Make sure screens in windows and doors are intact.
  • Ensure your home is properly ventilated and use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels.
  • Get rid of leaf piles, fallen trees, and woodpiles from your yard where these pests like to hide.
  • Store containers up off the ground where occasional invaders hide, such as trash cans, plant pots, recycling bins.
  • In your home, regularly vacuum and dust to disturb and dislodge occasional invaders.

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