What are occasional invaders?
Occasional invaders are insects that spend most of their time outside nesting, breeding, and feeding, but will sometimes find their way into homes and other structures. Most species of occasional invaders are not dangerous, but they certainly are annoying to have to deal with year after year.
Listed below are some of the most common occasional invaders living in Central Maryland:
These leggy creatures have elongated, worm-like bodies, with one pair of legs per body segment. Their many legs allow them to move quickly. Depending on the species, they are yellow to dark brown, with or without darker markings or mottling. Their first pair of limbs (maxillipeds) end in sharp claws and contain venom glands that they use to catch and paralyze their prey.
Earwigs have long, slender bodies that are dark to reddish brown. They have distinctive appendages (cerci) that act as forceps extending from the end of their abdomens, and most species have wings, though not all can fly.
Silverfish received their name due to the silver, metallic scales that cover their carrot-shaped bodies, and because of the wriggling, fish-like motion they make while moving. These wingless insects also have a three-pronged appendage that extends off their hind ends.
Are occasional invaders dangerous?
Occasional invaders are generally not dangerous pests, but neither are they things you want to welcome into your home. Earwigs are garden pests but only cause significant plant damage if their numbers are extremely high; indoors, they have the potential to contaminate pantry items like bread, flour, and cookies. Silverfish that make their way indoors may chew on and cause damage to personal items like paper, upholstery, and clothing. They also contaminate dry goods stored in pantry areas. Centipedes deliver painful bites to defend themselves, and they should always be avoided.
Why do I have an occasional invader problem?
Occasional invaders live most of the year happily outside. Unsuitable weather is the biggest reason these insects move indoors into our temperature-controlled homes. Earwigs, silverfish, and centipedes have high moisture needs and live in damp soil. If the weather outside becomes too hot and dry, they will move inside – seeking out the humid areas of a home. They will also move inside during periods of heavy rain. Having large numbers of these pests living near or inside of your house is an indicator that there is most likely an underlying moisture problem that you need to address.
Where will I find occasional invaders?
Silverfish, earwigs, and centipedes all like to live in areas with damp soil found around foundations, under mulch, landscaping ties, compost piles, leaf piles, and trashcans. If these insects move indoors, they usually choose damp, dark areas that mimic their outdoor environment such as basements, bathrooms, crawlspaces, and laundry rooms.
How do I get rid of occasional invaders?
The best way to eliminate current problems with occasional invaders and prevent future ones is to partner with Royal Greens, Inc. Our experienced technicians are always reliable, honest, friendly, and willing to work with our customers to solve their unique pest control problems. We provide the services necessary to ensure long-term results to your pest problems here in Maryland. We get rid of occasional invaders and other pests with our effective home pest control services in Central Maryland. Our professionals know all about pests, as well as how to keep them off of your property and out of your home. To protect your Central Maryland home from ants, contact Royal Greens today!
How can I prevent occasional invaders in the future?
In addition to our professional services, the following prevention tips will help avoid problems with occasional invaders:
Cut tree branches, shrubs, and bushes away from the exterior of your home to allow the sun to hit and dry out the soil.
Keep occasional invaders out of your home by inspecting its exterior and sealing any openings you find.
Reduce moisture levels by using dehumidifiers and fixing leaky pipes.
Store trashcans and compost bins up off of the ground.
Create a stone or rock barrier between any mulch or soil and your foundation.
Place weatherstripping around windows and doors and door sweeps on all exterior doors – especially basement doors.
Remove things from your yard that occasional invaders could hide under such as fallen trees, tree branches, piles of leaves, woodpiles.