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Do you have several types of bugs overrunning your home? You do not need to know what species it is in order to understand that it is an issue when these unwanted insects live in your home. The first step in getting rid of these pests and an environmentally friendly way is to get a general idea of how much damage they can do.

The types of occasional invaders that you can usually find in America are:

Millipedes  Centipedes  Crickets  Earwigs  Silverfish

Millipedes

milipedeKnown as millipedes because of their multiple legs, the scientific classification for them is Diplopoda. In America, the millipedes you will see are typically brown in color and four centimeters long with two pairs of legs for each body segments. They prefer damp environments outdoors, and they are often found in garden areas, piles of dead leaves, under mulch and in grass clippings. They may also find a suitable habitat in places where the soil stays damp such as under storage sheds.

Because they eat decaying wood and dead leaves, homeowners often find them directly outside their door. When the summer months are over, they will migrate toward a place that is warm and has a food source. For this reason, homeowners may find that they are a wintertime pest. They will enter the home through small cracks, and they are attracted to wood furniture or cardboard boxes. In many cases, they will go to the basement and hide under storage.

Compared to other types of insects, they have extreme longevity. After reaching sexual maturity at two-years-old, they can live up to seven years in the right conditions. To reproduce, they need soft soil where they can lay their eggs. While they are fairly harmless pests, they do attract other types of pests such as scorpions and rats.

Centipedes

centipedeIn scientific terms, centipedes are called Chilopoda. They get their name because they appear to have 100 legs. In fact, they can have between 15 and 170 pairs of legs. They have long, flat bodies and are typically reddish orange or brown. Some are extremely small at four millimeters, while others reach a length of 6 inches. Most centipedes are easily identifiable because they have a claw that contains venom. Unlike other insects, centipedes are specifically attracted to meats. They forage for food at night and use the venom claw to paralyze their prey that is called the maxilliped fang. Common foods that centipedes like to eat include small vertebrates, earthworms, other insects and spiders.

Homeowners usually find that they will have a centipede problem during the winter. In general, they like to hide in secluded places where it is moist and dark. When it is springtime, they lay their eggs in damp soil. It is common for centipedes to live as long as six years. While they are not predators for humans, they can bite and sting children, pets and adults. In some cases, these feel as painful as wasp or bee stings.

Crickets

cricketThere are several Latin or scientific names for crickets within the order Orthoptera. Despite their scientific name differences, most crickets are very similar. They have a hind leg that they jump with and long antennae. Most are about half-an-inch to an inch in length. Their coloration can be anything from clear to yellowish, green, black, brown and gray. Although most are wingless, some have wings that cover most of their abdomen. Females are distinct because they have what is called an ovipositor at the back of their abdomen that is used to lay eggs. While they do not carry disease or cause property destruction, they are annoying houseguests because of their chirping. They are also harmful to agricultural properties because they feed on crops. They prefer damp environments, and they will be active at night looking for animal or plant material to consume. To reproduce, they lay eggs in soft soil.

Earwigs

earwigIn the scientific community, all earwigs are part of the Dermaptera order. They were originally named because there is an untrue old wives’ tale that they will go inside of a person’s ear while they sleep. However, most people are afraid of earwigs because they have pinchers that look intimidating. Although they do not usually use them on humans, they do use the pinchers to fight with other enemy earwigs. There are several species in the United States, and they can be anywhere from a fourth-of-an-inch to an inch. In some species, they produce a pheromone or fetid liquid that is unbearable to humans. They use the liquid to defend themselves and the pheromone attracts other earwigs.

Typically, they are active at night and will hide in damp crevices during the day. A potential habitat outdoors can be mulch, gravel and lumber. They are omnivores and will eat other insects or plants. During winter months, they will be attracted to the indoors or find a burrow to hide in the outdoors. When spring arrives, females will reproduce by laying up to 50 eggs. Unlike other insects, earwigs will stay nearby their eggs to tend to them when they hatch. The female will continue to feed the newly born earwig nymphs for up to five months until they are strong enough to search for food themselves. Homeowners often find that earwigs can be annoying during the summer around patio or porch lights.

Silverfish

silverfishPart of the scientific family Lepismatidae, silverfish get their name because they have a shimmery appearance. They are teardrop-shaped insects that some people think look like an aquatic creature. While many are blue or silver, some are white, brown or gray. They are typically three-fourths-of-an-inch long with three bristles at the end. From the time they are hatched from an egg, they look similar to adults. In general, you will find them in a dark area that has a lot of moisture such as a bathroom or basement. They prefer to feed on paper products, silk, book glue, wallpaper, clothing, boxed food and shampoo.

The reproduction process of silverfish is unique because the males produce spermatophores that are sucked up into the ovipositor of the female. Compared to other insects, they reproduce rapidly. Once fertilized, the female can lay up to 20 eggs per day. They are nocturnal creatures and will inhabit any environment that has high humidity.

Do not let occasional invaders ruin your home

As full-time pest specialists, Fortified Pest Management has the experience necessary to fully eliminate occasional invaders in your home. Our work has always been licensed, bonded and insured. Each of our contractors are here to help you find solutions you need without creating extra harm to the environment. This means that we can eradicate occasional invaders while avoiding as many pesticides as possible. If you are ready to see our solution for occasional invaders in your home today, give us a call.