Tips to Prevent Occasional Invaders

When post people think of a pest infestation, they likely think of bed bugs, cockroaches or rodents.  However, there are many other pests that can quickly become a nuisance for homeowners.  Occasional invaders, a group of insects that invade structures from time to time, often find their way inside homes throughout the year when weather conditions become hostile to their survival.  These pests include box elder bugs, centipedes, earwigs, house crickets, ladybugs, millipedes and silverfish, to name a few.

Occasional invaders usually enter the home through exterior cracks or openings in search of food, water and shelter.  Once inside, these pests can’t survive for long periods of time if water is not available.  Unless a significant amount of moisture is present, occasional invaders are likely to die within a few weeks.

While a majority of these pests do not pose serious health threats, it’s still important for homeowners to take precautionary measures to prevent them from coming inside.  Here are a few simple tips to prevent occasional invaders from infesting your home:

Seal cracks and repair damages:  Occasional invader control should begin outside by sealing cracks around windows, doors, siding, utility pipes and underneath wood fascia with a good quality silicone-latex caulk.

Reduce moisture sites and properly ventilate:  Reduce or, if possible eliminate all moist harborage sites inside the home specifically in basements, attics, garages and crawlspaces because the majority of occasional invaders are attracted to moisture.

Landscape:  Another key to controlling occasional invaders is the removal of debris around the exterior of the home such as mulch, leaves, grass clippings, stones and boards, as some of these pests are often associated with vegetation.  Make sure to store firewood at least 20 feet away from the house and five inches off the ground.

Change bright lighting:  Some occasional invaders such as stink bugs and weevils are attracted to bright lights, so it is recommended that homeowners change outdoor lighting to yellow bulbs or sodium vapor lamps, both of which are less attractive to pests.

Remove with a vacuum:  If occasional invaders enter the home, temporary but immediate relief can be achieved by using a shop-type vacuum to aid in their removal.

InCide® Pest Control Insulation will combat cockroaches, earwigs, crickets, millipedes and silverfish when these pests come in contact with the insulation.  InCide® may only be installed by a licensed pest management professional.  If you have a problem with pest infestation, contact a professional pest management company and ask them about InCide® Pest Control Insulation.

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