Occasional Invaders Q&AMissy Henriksen
Friday, February 7, 2014
Q: What are occasional
A: The term occasional invaders is a catchall
grouping for pests that invade homes from time to time because
outside weather conditions become hostile to their survival.
Q: What types of pests fall into
A: Occasional invaders include boxelder bugs, centipedes,
crickets, earwigs, ladybugs, millipedes, pillbugs, scorpions,
silverfish, slugs, springtails and stink bugs, to name a few.
Q: What time of year are
occasional invaders most active?
A: Occasional invaders are active year-round and spend the
majority of their time outdoors. However, homeowners tend to notice
them more frequently inside during the fall season because they are
searching for a place to overwinter.
Q: Can occasional invaders cause
A: Although occasional invaders may enter structures in large
numbers, they are often nothing more than an annoying nuisance.
However, there are a few specific pests that can cause non
health-related problems. Stink bugs are harmful to the agricultural
industry because they destroy crops. Boxelder bugs and ladybugs may exude a
defensive fluid when crushed that could stain curtains, drapes,
clothing and other fabrics. Silverfish infest paper, particularly
wallpaper, books and envelopes, so these materials could become
damaged over time.
Q: What can a homeowner do to
prevent an occasional invader infestation?
A: Occasional invader control should begin with the elimination
of moist harborage sites around the perimeter of the home, such as
leaf piles, mulch and overgrown vegetation. Homeowners should seal
possible points of entry into the home with a good quality silicone
caulk, paying special attention to cracks in the foundation,
utility pipes and wood fascia. Damaged screens on doors and windows
should also be repaired. For more information on prevention, check
five tips to keep occasional invaders out of the home.
Q: How does one get rid of
A: Spotting a stink bug on the wall or a centipede crawling
across the floor is common. Homeowners can use a vacuum cleaner to
get rid of these occasional invaders. The vacuum bag should be
discarded when trying to get rid of stink bugs because their odor
could otherwise permeate the area. It’s important to understand,
however, that a pest invasion can quickly turn into an infestation
if no action is taken. If you experience an influx of occasional
invaders around the home, contact a licensed pest professional to
properly treat the problem.