Occasional Invaders

What are occasional invaders?

Certain pests are much less dangerous than others and tend to infest homes only on a very occasional basis. Insects such as silverfish and earwigs are two of the most common varieties of occasional invaders in our area.

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You may identify each of these pests by the following characteristics:

  • Silverfish are long, thin, rapid-moving bugs that are known for their attraction to dark, moist spaces. Called so because of their shining silver exoskeletons, silverfish are usually spotted when running from cover to cover in a quiet, dark area. Some insects appear in color patterns of white, brown, or grey. They are best identified by their teardrop shape no more than 1/2 to 3/4 inches in size. You may notice three stout spikes or bristles protruding from their abdomens. 

  • Earwigs are an occasional invader with a bad reputation. Regarded as the ‘brain-eating’ bug, these misnomered insects are often brown or rust-red in color. Their exoskeletons contain a kind of Dermaptera, which refers to the leathery wings folded across their backs. They are anywhere between 1/2 to 1 inch long depending on their age and species.

Are occasional invaders dangerous?

Neither silverfish nor earwigs are considered to be dangerous pests by etymologists or pest control professionals. It should be noted that both types of insects are relatively unsettling to look at and may point towards an underlying moisture issue within the homes they choose to infest.

Both earwigs and silverfish have the ability to pinch those who attempt to handle them, but both species are unable to pierce the skin. Their shocking exteriors do not necessarily indicate their inherent dangers. 

As a side note, the old tale about earwigs climbing into ears and laying eggs inside human heads is simply untrue. While some ancient anecdotal evidence suggests that some individuals may have experienced this phenomenon, it is not common and likely only a myth.

Why do I have an occasional invader problem?

Occasional invaders pick their choice of home due to a high volume of food, water, or sheltering options. Both pests prefer to feed on dense cellular matter such as cardboard, paper, and glue. You may have picked up an occasional invader due to current housing circumstances such as moving, renovation, or the purchase of used furniture, although this is relatively uncommon.

Pests such as earwigs can be introduced to homes through houseplants and the transport of potted plants overwintering indoors. While they do not necessarily ‘hitchhike’ like other types of pests, these creatures are quite capable of multiplying once introduced into a safe space. 

Where will I find occasional invaders?

You will likely find occasional invaders in dark, damp, undisturbed areas of the home. Consider locations such as basements, garages, storage sheds, and crawl spaces. Any amount of cardboard clutter or items on the floor can provide hiding spaces for these insects. Further, a large number of occasional invaders will hide under carpets and rugs. Bathroom carpets or linen closets may be another source of food for earwigs and silverfish.

How do I get rid of occasional invaders?

Mosquito Elite Pest Control eliminates the need for worrying about silverfish or earwig activity. Simply call our primary office today to start building a pest control plan that's right for you.

How can I prevent occasional invaders in the future?

Mitigate the effects of a silverfish or earwig infestation by implementing prevention techniques: 

  • Keep the home clean and clutter-free. 

  • Eliminate excess moisture from the home. Dehumidifiers and desiccant bags are excellent options. 

  • Inspect potted plants or overwintering vegetation for signs of earwig activity. 

    Have your home professionally inspected for occasional invaders on a regular basis. 

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