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What are occasional invaders?

Occasional invaders are pests that mainly live outdoors but are driven inside of our Arizona homes by unsuitable weather conditions. These pests take cover in our homes but typically aren’t searching for food or breeding sites. The biggest reason these pests move indoors is that it becomes too hot and dry outside, and our homes provide areas of moisture and temperature-controlled living conditions. 

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In our region, the following are the most frequent invaders into our structures:

  • Centipedes
  • Millipedes
  • Crickets
  • SIlverfish
  • Earwigs
  • Pillbugs 

Are occasional invaders dangerous?

The good news is that while these pests move into our homes without our permission and are annoying to deal with, they aren’t dangerous. However, the presence of occasional invaders in your home often indicates other problems.

Occasional invaders typically enter our homes because they provide them with easy access to moisture. provide them with the moisture they need. Leaky pipes, faucets, and poorly ventilated crawlspace can all attract these pests, so it's important to check and address these areas if you see occasional invaders in your home.

The second issue that finding these pests in your home could indicate is that if occasional invaders are getting into your home, chances are other types of insects will be able to get in too.

Why do I have an occasional invader problem?

Most occasional invaders live outside in damp, dark areas. Gardens, flower beds, woodpiles, leaf litter, tarps, trash cans, and recycling bins are all found in most of our yards and provide occasional invaders the perfect place to live. If occasional invaders take up residence in your yard, they will eventually end up in your home.

Where will I find occasional invaders?

Most occasional invaders enter our homes at ground level. Gaps under doors, cracks in the foundation, and vents are common entry points for these pests. Once inside, they move to damp areas like areas under sinks, near drains and sump pumps, in crawl spaces, and in laundry and utility rooms, hiding in or under things like cardboard boxes, folded laundry, furniture, and rugs.

How do I get rid of occasional invaders?

At Overson Pest Control, we can help you keep occasional invaders out of your home. We care about our customers and are committed to solving your pest problems, no matter how big or small they may be! With pest control services backed by a 100% guarantee and unlimited free re-services, you can trust that we'll rid your property of occasional invaders and help prevent their return.

If you're a home or business owner in Phoenix or the surrounding areas, learn more about our quality pest control services by contacting us today!

How can I prevent occasional invaders in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, protect your property from occasional invaders with the following prevention tips:

  • Seal spaces in your home’s exterior that will allow occasional invaders to move into your home.
  • Keep door sweeps on all exterior doors.
  • Keep plant pots, trash cans, recycling bins, and other containers up off the ground to eliminate damp hiding spots near your home’s exterior.
  • Repair dripping pipes, leaking hoses, clogged drains, and air conditioners that provide occasional invaders with water sources.
  • Get rid of moisture-trapping ground cover, tarps, and leaf litter from your yard.
  • Vacuum regularly to eliminate occasional invaders that find a way into your home.

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