What are occasional invaders?

Occasional invaders can refer to many different types of pests, including stink bugs and crickets. Stink bugs have a shield-shaped body with a grayish-brown mottled pattern. Cave crickets, also known as camel crickets, are light brown to dark brown with some mottled and band patterns. They have a humpback appearance that looks like a camel—these crickets grow from a half to an inch and a half long.

These pests spend most of their time outside but can become active inside, usually in the fall when the weather is getting colder.

Are occasional invaders dangerous?

Most occasional invaders are nuisance pests, which means they are not necessarily dangerous or destructive. When crushed, stink bugs emit an unpleasant odor, attracting other stink bugs. However, they don’t bite, spread diseases, or cause damage inside the home, but they can damage crops.

Cave crickets, or camel crickets, are not known to spread diseases or bite, but they can cause damage. Crickets can chew through furniture, curtains, upholstery, boxes, clothing, and more.

Although these pests are not as dangerous as other home-invading pests, they are still unwelcome, and you need to address them immediately.

Why do I have an occasional invader problem?

As mentioned previously, these pests usually only make their way into homes when the temperature gets cold, and they need somewhere warm to overwinter. So if you have an infestation of stink bugs or crickets, it is likely because they have found a way inside.

Where will I find occasional invaders?

Stink bugs are attracted to light and will overwinter in places like attics, wall voids, and other similar spaces. Outside, stink bugs live in landscaping and gardens.

On the other hand, camel crickets prefer dark and damp places to hide, including storage areas, basements, and crawl spaces. When these pests aren’t trying to get inside, they live underneath woodpiles, rocks, mulch, and other debris.

How do I get rid of occasional invaders?

If you are experiencing issues with stink bugs or crickets, you can contact us at PDF Finest Pest Management. We offer residential pest control services and commercial pest management to take care of occasional invaders. With the help of our service technicians, you can keep your home pest-free year-round.

Give us a call and ask about our eco-friendly treatments, which are safe to implement around pets and kids.

How can I prevent occasional invaders in the future?

Because occasional invaders usually only infest homes when the temperature drops, they are a bit easier to prevent than other pests. The best way to keep these pests out of your home is by eliminating any potential entry points:

  • Inspect the foundation of your home and seal any cracks.
  • Repair damaged screens on windows and doors.
  • Fill gaps around windows and doors and where utility lines enter the structure.
  • Install covers on all vents.

Contact PDF Finest Pest Management for more prevention tips and assistance with occasional invaders.