What Are Occasional Invaders?

Occasional invaders are pests that don’t normally head indoors unless outside conditions make it a necessity. Cooler weather and lack of food or water are common motivators; you’re most likely to spot these intruders during late summer and into fall. Most don’t pose a threat to your family’s health and safety, nor are they likely to damage your home’s structure. However, no one wants to share their living space with creepy crawlers. Keep your San Jose, CA, home or business invader-free with these pest control tips from Advanced IPM.

Common Occasional Invaders

Residents of San Jose, CA and other Northern California and Nevada communities may encounter the following pests:

  • Boxelder bugs
  • Centipedes and millipedes
  • Crickets
  • Earwigs
  • Ladybugs
  • Silverfish
  • Springtails

These pests don’t breed and thrive indoors, only making their way into your home or business when weather conditions force them to do so. Advanced IPM can identify and eliminate existing infestations, and with inspections and other preventive measures help keep future invasions at bay.

Where You’ll Find Them

Moisture is a major draw for these insects and arthropods. Leaky pipes and damp basements often attract these invaders. You may find them under your kitchen and bathroom sinks. Some head straight to the kitchen in search of stray crumbs, neglected spills, and other sources of nourishment. Other common destinations include places where garbage is kept.

Preventive Pest Control

From noisy crickets to fabric-eating silverfish, these pests can be a real nuisance. Eliminate leaks and other sources of excess water and keep trash in well-sealed bins. Store food in airtight containers or the refrigerator and clean up spills and other kitchen messes immediately. Most of these pests enter through cracks, gaps, or holes. Inspect your home’s exterior with a flashlight, sealing off all potential points of entry. Replace or repair worn weather strips and torn screens.

Advanced IPM Is Ready to Go

If you find evidence of a pest infestation despite your best efforts, contact Advanced IPM. Our experienced team provides inspections and environmentally-conscious, effective pest control treatments at homes and businesses in San Jose, CA. We also educate home and business owners in Northern California and Nevada on prevention techniques to avoid future encounters with these relatively harmless—yet incredibly annoying—occasional invaders.