Occasional invaders are a group of pests that you will start to see in abundance in the spring as our Central Virginia weather becomes warm and more humid. With the warm weather trends, insects are compelled to procreate and their populations grow in size because of it. Oftentimes, these pests will make their way into your home for a number of reasons. “Occasional invaders” include many types of insects you’re already familiar with: earwigs, silverfish, springtails, boxelder bugs, lady beetles, stink bugs, and ants.
How to Get Rid of Occasional Invader Pests
The invader group of pests is primarily dormant during the winter months. Some, like stink bugs and boxelder bugs, are very sneaky and will find their way into your home through the smallest of entryways as winter approaches. They will hunker down until spring when the warm weather arrives. If you see just a few of these invaders in your home, you can bet there is a bunch more hiding out in their comfort zone somewhere in the house, the attic, or crawlspace. When you see them, it’s important to get rid of them. Rather than crushing the bugs or vacuuming them up, it’s best to sweep them, drop them in a bag, and take them outside. Vacuuming certain bugs, like stink bugs, can make your vacuum cleaner unusable.
Tips to Prevent Occasional Invaders
The best way a homeowner can control occasional invaders is to prevent them from entering your home in the first place! This includes:
- Sealing up doors, windows, and other entryways with caulk.
- Installing tight-fitting screens on windows and doors.
- Keeping a tidy yard with trimmed vegetation to deter insects.
- Inside, cleaning your home regularly and wiping up spills and crumbs.
- Fix or repair any moisture issues caused by leaky pipes or faucets.
Spring Pest Control With Loyal
To avoid dealing with occasional invaders on your own this year, it’s best to team up with a local expert you can trust: Loyal Termite & Pest Control. We have the experience required to safeguard your home against not only occasional invaders, but all types of pests. Contact our residential pest control experts today to learn more!
Occasional Invader Pests — How to Control Them in Virginia
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