Occasional Invaders

Occasional Invader Identification & Prevention Guide

What are occasional invaders?

Occasional invaders are those insects that sporadically enter your home throughout the year. They tend to live and reproduce outside but sometimes move indoors to escape harsh weather conditions or in search of food. Occasional invaders are a nuisance and potentially dangerous to deal with, and they can be a challenge to control and eliminate.

Listed below are four of the most common species of pests that occasionally invade homes throughout our area of Greater Austin, Texas:

Chiggers are the immature stage of certain mites. Chiggers feed on the skin cells of warm-blooded mammals, including people, and their bites cause a raised, red rash that is extremely itchy.

Crickets have rounded heads, long antennae, cylindrical bodies, and strong hind legs. These pests range in color from black, brown, or yellow.

Kissing bugs
Kissing bugs are insects with long, oval-shaped bodies that are light brown or black and range in length from 3/4 to 1-1/4 inch. They also have distinctive orange or red-striped markings. These bugs get their name from their habit of sucking blood from their victim’s mouth.

Millipedes have rigid, worm-like bodies that they curl into tight balls to defend themselves. They are usually black or brown, and some species may have red or orange mottled patterns on their bodies. Despite having two pairs of legs on each body segment, these insects move slowly.

Stored product pests
Stored product pests are species of beetles or moths that infest grains and processed foods. They are a common problem inside homes, restaurants, grocery stores, and other places that store food.

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