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What are occasional invaders?

To some extent, you are likely familiar with centipedes, silverfish, sowbugs, pillbugs, and clover mites. Here are some identifying traits of these pests:

  • Centipedes range in size and have between 15 and 177 pairs of legs. Their flat bodies are yellowish to dark brown with stripes or markings.
  • Silverfish have a flattened fish-like shaped body with metallic scales. When they walk, they almost look like they are swimming. They are about ¾ of an inch long, with long antennae and three bristle-like "tails."
  • Sowbugs are about ¾ of an inch long with brown to gray or black coloring. Their bodies are an elongated oval shape with hard, armor-like body segments.
  • Pillbugs have a similar appearance as sowbugs but are about ½ an inch long with the same oval shape and armored look. Pillbugs are usually a bluish-gray color.
  • Clover mites are tiny, with oval-shaped bodies. They are not insects and have eight legs. Their front legs are twice the size as the others and can sometimes appear as antennae.
pill bugs in the dirt

Are occasional invaders dangerous?

Occasional invaders are considered nuisance pests because they don't spread diseases to people. But many times, their presence implies more dangerous issues. The most pressing of these issues is excess moisture, which can lead to mold and rot.

It is best not to handle any pests with bare hands and to contact pest control experts in Oklahoma City right away if you see more than a few of these critters. Once or two of these pests can accidentally come indoors on a potted plant or similar item, but more can imply a serious infestation.

Why do I have an occasional invader problem?

The most common reason why occasional invaders enter a home is that a change in weather caused them to look for somewhere with more moisture or, in some cases, less moisture. When there is a lot of heavy rain, the places where these pests usually live can become flooded and unlivable. Or on the flip side, when there is not enough rain or moisture, they will find cracks in the foundation of homes and make their way inside where the temperatures and humidity are more controlled.

Where will I find occasional invaders?

Kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and garages are the most common places to find these pests because occasional invaders usually want a place to overwinter. You'll most often find them in warm, damp, and dark areas of the home.

How do I get rid of occasional invaders?

If you are dealing with any of the occasional invaders discussed above, or other pests, contact us at Epoch Pest Solutions. Our residential pest control services provide preventative measures and methods for active infestations.

We implement treatments based on your needs and the pest pressures you face, not using a one-size-fits-all approach. You can trust that we use safe and effective methods with complete transparency.

Epoch Pest Solutions is your go-to for quality home pest control and commercial pest control services.

How can I prevent occasional invaders in the future?

Prevent occasional invaders and other pests in your Idaho Falls home by eliminating excess moisture on the interior and exterior, repairing entry points, and keeping your property clear of potential food sources.

If you are worried about pests, the best thing is to contact experts for professional pest control services. Oklahoma City residents can call Epoch Pest Solutions for their pest control needs.

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