Occasional Invaders

Pests that come into the home but aren’t a normal type of pest. These can occur at any time throughout the year and for different reasons such as the cold or warm weather, snow, and even rain.
They may come in if there are favorable conditions indoors like moisture, snangnet air, dark spaces, and unused areas with little to no activity. Below are just a few of the pests that fall into this category.

Stink Bugs, Boxelder Bugs

Stink Bugs & Boxelder Bugs are typically a spring and fall pest. They will start to come indoors in the fall when the temperature gets cooler. You will find them primarily on the sunny side of the home. They are looking for small gaps and cracks in the home to enter through and hibernate during the winter. Then, when temperatures start to warm up in the spring you will find them emerging and sometimes can even make their way indoors.

They are primarily a problem on farms due to the prolific feeding and destruction of crops.
  • piercing sucking mouthparts
  • straight antennae with light brown bands
  • characteristic shield shape.
  • 12 to 17 mm long
  • mottled brown color
  • dark bands on the front wings

They can be found in boxelder trees as this is where they breed. If you have any of these trees on your property you will always have a problem with them.

  • Black with reddish or orange markings on dorsum
  • 1/2” (11-14 mm)
  • Elongate-oval, somewhat flattened with head narrower than pronotum

Pill Bugs, Centipedes

Pill Bugs & Centipedes are all year round pests and can come inside at any time. If there is a large population inside there may be moisture problems outside such as poor drainage, shaded areas, and moisture build up.

They will not survive indoors very long without a food source such as plant matter that is either decaying or is already dead and decomposed.

  • Dark brown to black
  • 3/4″
  • Oval; round when rolled up
  • Pill bugs do not survive more than a few days indoors

They are primarily nocturnal and only come out at night. Most people only know they are there if they pick up something they are hiding under.

  • Yellowish to dark brown, sometimes with darker stripes or markings
  • 1/8 – 6” (4-152 mm)
  • Elongated, flattened, worm-like
  • They have many legs
  • High moisture areas

Earwigs are another year round pest and can come in at any time. They are primarily nocturnal and only come out at night. They will come indoors in search of food or if the weather changes. They will seek out moisture. They are primarily a pests to crops and plants as they can cause heavy damage to them and render them unable to produce flowers or crops.

  • Dark brown
  • 1”
  • Long, narrow

These can be a year round pest. They love high temperatures and high humidity. They are primarily nocturnal and only come out at night. They feed on proteins and carbohydrates and are cannibalistic in nature. They will come indoors in search of food or if the weather changes. They seek out areas of high temperatures and high humidity and this is why they usually show up in bathrooms most of the time.

  • Silver to brown
  • ¾ inches
  • Oval, elongated
  • Seen in high moisture areas

There are many ways to treat these types of pests, such as:

  • Barrer treatments to prevent them from coming in
  • Treating areas they are seen
  • Sealing up gaps and cracks
  • Replacing seals around doors and windows
  • Reducing the condition causing the pests such as temperature, moisture, and hiding locations
    With some or all of these treatments we can help stop them from entering the home and prevent them coming back with regular treatments.

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