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There are lots of pests from rodents and wildlife to all manner of insects. Many of these pests, such as bed bugs, are concerns all year round. However, there are insects known as “occasional invaders” that only become problems during certain times of the year. Mostly these insects are nuisances because they congregate in large groups and can enter homes and property.
Occasional invader insects include:
Crickets - The insects that you hear chirping at night during the warmer months. They are smallish insects that are also omnivorous and can eat plants in large numbers.
Ground Beetles - A generic name for a large number of beetles that are usually small and black, shiny or metallic in color. Some species have been known to eat crops and congregate in large numbers.
Boxelder Bugs - They come out during late summer and first appear as bright red bugs congregating in huge numbers on the warm sides of buildings. They eventually become black with red stripes and can end up between walls to hibernate during cold months. They are also known to have a foul smell when disturbed or crushed.
Lady Bugs - Those small round beetles colored yellow, orange or red with the telltale black spots. Sometimes they swarm during autumn months and hundreds can end up inside buildings and homes
Earwigs - Relatively small insects with pincers on their rear end. Males have curved pincers and females straight. They like warm, moist areas so you might find them in bathrooms and laundry rooms.
Millipedes - Long, narrow insects that have two legs on each body segment. They are generally harmless and will curl up when threatened. They can group together in large numbers inside homes.
House Centipedes - Scary looking arthropods with long, narrow legs. They actually eat other pest insects, but if they become too numerous they can be a problem.
Silverfish - Small insects with a silvery look that resembles scales. They prefer warm, wet areas and are often found in bathroom sinks and tubs. They can also devour fabrics if left untreated.
Springtail - Tiny insects who can damage crops and vegetation. They got their name from appendages beneath their abdomen that they use for jumping.
Generally speaking there is little danger with these insects in your home. However, all of them are known for congregating in large numbers. This can become a problem when they seek shelter during colder months and end up inside.
Some of them, such as crickets, can cause damage to some fabrics like wool, synthetics and silk. Silverfish can destroy paper including wallpaper and books.
At Ehrlich, we have methods that will help stop infestations or invasions of occasional invaders. We have a process that will:
Identify the type of pest
Develop the right treatment plan
Treat the exterior and interior areas that occasional invaders might find attractive
There are some things that you can do around your home and property to prevent an invasion from occasional invaders like those listed above. These include:
Inspecting your property and look for cracks, holes or other entry points
If you find holes or cracks, seal them up
Ensure windows and door frames seal tightly
Make sure screens are repaired and that windows and doors seal tightly
If there is a gap beneath any doors, including the garage door, install door sweeps
Make sure to thoroughly inspect any plants brought in from outdoors
Use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of insects already there
Of course, if you already have an infestation of occasional invaders, the best bet is to call in the professionals. You can stop an invasion before it gets too severe.
Contact Ehrlich today at 1-800-837-5520 to learn more about how we can get help prevent and get rid of occasional invaders in your home or business.
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