What are occasional invaders?

Occasional invaders are insects that live outside but think that it is okay to occasionally move into our homes, usually when the weather becomes too harsh for them to live outdoors comfortably. Florida’s warm, humid weather provides the perfect living conditions for many pests, and our yards offer an ideal habitat. When you have insects living in your lawn, gardens, or flowerbeds at some point or another, they often end up in your houses. 

Earwig on a branch

Florida’s most common occasional invaders include:

  • Silverfish

  • Earwigs

  • Centipedes

  • Pill Bugs

  • Lovebugs

Are occasional invaders dangerous?

More than anything, occasional invaders are annoying to deal with, they typically don’t cause any significant harm, but we also don’t want to share our homes with them. These pests usually have high moisture needs, and their presence in your home should alert you to a potential moisture issue like leaky pipes, an air conditioner, or a poorly ventilated crawl space. 

Occasional invaders cause problems chewing on and damaging personal items like clothing, blankets, and upholstered furniture. They also contaminate dry goods and stain surfaces with their excrement. 

If occasional invaders are in your home in large numbers, their shed skins and excrement can trigger allergies and other respiratory problems in those that are sensitive.

Why do I have an occasional invader problem?

Most occasional invaders move inside for four reasons:

  • They are searching for more humid living conditions.

  • The temperature outside has become too cool for their liking.

  • They accidentally find their way inside through cracks and other openings they come across in your home’s foundation.

  • They get in after hitchhiking inside in things like boxes, potted plants, deliveries, or other items that were once outside.

Where will I find occasional invaders?

Crawl spaces, kitchens, bathrooms, and storage rooms are the most common places where Florida homeowners discover that they are sharing their homes with occasional invaders. In addition to finding them crawling on the floors and walls, they often hide inside or under things like:

  • Sinks

  • Boxes

  • Folded towels and linens

  • Clutter

  • Stored pantry items

  • Potted plants

Occasional invaders regularly invade outbuildings like garages, sheds, and pool houses.

How do I get rid of occasional invaders?

Get rid of occasional invaders from your home or business with the help of an experienced professional. At Bold Servicing, we understand how frustrating it is to deal with these pests repeatedly and put in place the services needed to eliminate them for good. Our premium, full-service pest control options are convenient, effective, and eco-friendly. To learn more about removing occasional invaders from your Tampa Bay Area yard, home, or business, reach out to us today!

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How can I prevent occasional invaders in the future?

Here are some prevention tips to help you keep occasional invaders and other pests out of your Florida home.

  • Make sure gutters and downspouts are working to direct rainwater away from the outside of your home and repair leaky pipes; moisture attracts occasional invaders.

  • Seal spaces that occasional invaders can move through in your foundation after they are attracted to its exterior by excess moisture. 

  • Place door sweeps on all exterior doors.

  • Do not stack firewood next to your home’s exterior.

  • Reduce any clutter in basements and storage areas where insects can hide. 

  • Regularly vacuum your home to remove unwanted occasional invaders.

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