Pest Slideshow: Common Occasional Invaders

When the weather becomes too hostile for subsistence, some pests will seek refuge within your household. These occasional invaders come in all varieties, from crickets to centipedes to stink bugs. To learn more about these uninvited houseguests, browse the occasional pests slideshow below.

  • Stink Bug

    Stink Bug

    Brown marmorated stink bugs are named for the odor they emit as a defense against predators. Adult stink bugs enter homes in the late fall to seek shelter from the winter weather. Similar to boxelder bugs, they often congregate en masse on the sides of buildings.

  • Earwig


    Earwigs get their name from the myth that they crawl into people's ears when they are sleeping. Earwigs tend to gather in large numbers outdoors, where they are often found under piles of lawn debris, mulch or in tree holes. They can occasionally enter homes through small cracks or rips in window screens.

  • Silverfish


    Silverfish hide during the day, often in tight cracks or crevices. They are known to infest paper products, such as wallpaper, book bindings and envelopes. They also eat linen, rayon and cotton fabrics.

  • House Cricket

    House Cricket

    House crickets are known for their loud chirping which is caused by rubbing their front wings together to attract females. During warm weather, house crickets typically live outdoors and are especially fond of garbage dumps. They are also attracted to electric lights in larger numbers.

  • Centipede


    Centipedes are sometimes called "hundred-leggers" because of their many pairs of legs. They are typically found in areas of high moisture, such as bathrooms and basements. If handled roughly, some larger species can inflict a painful bite. However, most centipedes don't pose health or property threats.

  • Pillbug


    Pillbugs are often called “rollie-pollies" because they roll into a ball when disturbed. Similar to other occasional invaders, pillbugs live in moist locations and are usually found under damp objects outdoors such as trash, rocks, or decaying vegetation, where they remain hidden during the day to reduce water loss.

If you notice occasional invaders from this slideshow, or any other household pests indoors, contact a professional immediately to discuss the proper course of pest control.