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“Occasional invader”, a term utilized when referring to a unique group of pests, is a rodent or insect that infrequently invades the human habitat. The occasional invader classification consists of a variety of pest species, a mixture of insects and rodents. Unlike the overwintering pest and household pest, the occasional invader infiltrates the human habitat by accident. A pill bug searching for food, happened upon an exterior-to-interior access point in a home. The pill bug had no intentions of infiltrating the home, it happened by accident. This is just one example of an occasional invader.
Insect species that fall within the occasional invader category include the following:
- Cluster fly
- Box elder bug “boxelder bug”
- Brown Marmorated Stink Bug “stinkbug”
Why Is There An Occasional Invader In My Home?
There is no rhyme or reason for an occasional invader home infiltration. One thing is for sure, the home infiltration was a mishap. Contrary to belief, not all pests like living andoors. In fact, hundreds of pest species prefer their natural habitat to the human habitat.
With this said, some of the aforementioned pest species meet the criteria to be classified as overwintering pests. The ladybug, cluster fly, box elder bug, stinkbug, and earwig are overwintering pest species. The overwintering pest infiltrates commercial, residential, and industrial establishments, beginning in late fall. After home infiltration, the overwintering pest remains in the home until the following spring.
It is not unusual for these pests to be detected in the human living from late fall through spring. There may be a few stragglers, but most will make their exits before the onset of summer. If overwintering pests are detected indoors in the summer and early and mid-fall, they should be classified as occasional invader.
Do Occasional Invaders Spread Diseases To Humans?
Most species that fall into the occasional invader category do not transmit diseases to humans or animals. However, some of these species have been linked to foodborne illnesses. The beetle and cluster fly are just two examples.
While occasional invaders do not spread disease, they do pose some structural damage risks. The beetle, for example, has been scientifically connected to structural damage in homes and businesses. The insect species have also been associated with tree and plant damage. Beetles have powerful mandibles that are utilized for feeding and nesting. The insect bores holes in the trunk and roots of trees, causing significant damage. The holes are utilized for nesting. The female beetle deposits her eggs inside the bored holes, where they have immediate access to food upon hatching.
Occasional Invader Management
Occasional invader management is complex because it consists of so many pest species. Spiders require a unique treatment strategy that is ineffective for other occasional invader species. Our pest control is designed to deliver a unique treatment strategy for specific occasional invaders.
Our pest control products include pesticides and insecticides, which are available in eco-friendly and chemical formulas. All these treatments are solutions, delivering full eradication of occasional invaders.
Schedule An Occasional Invader Inspection
If occasional invaders have been detected in your home, it is time to call in the experts. We highly recommend a thorough visual inspection of your property to determine the severity of the problem. The technician will assess your home, focusing on all high-risk areas.
We will dispatch a certified pest control technician to your property with 24 and 48 hours of your service request.
Pest Control Products And The Environment
Our technicians and exterminators are fully aware of the environmental risks of pest control products. Conventional pesticides utilize synthetic chemicals that pose environmental risks, but only when they are mishandled and improperly administered. We want our community members to trust our pest control company to protect the environment during each conventional pesticide treatment.
Prevent A Repeat Home Infiltration
The key to preventing a secondary occasional invader infestation is infiltration prevention. Preventing occasional invaders from accessing your property will stop all future infestation risks.
- Frequently remove household waste to a secure outdoor trash bin
- Fill access points with silicone or caulk
- Keep unscreened windows and doors closed when unattended
- Repair all plumbing leaks
- Divert rainwater from the guttering system away from your home