Occasional Invaders

What Are Occasional Invaders?

Occasional Invader

Occasional invaders include a wide number of common pests found throughout the United States that affect homeowners every year. While primarily a nuisance, in some cases these pests can do damage to your home or personal items. However, the main problem they pose comes from the annoyance you’ll face when you have to deal with them.

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Are Occasional Invaders Dangerous?

While the danger level will vary, the main reason people dislike occasional invaders comes from the nuisance factor they bring when they swarm homes. Occasional invaders are not generally considered dangerous and instead as nuisance pests; however, in some cases, these pests can do damage to your home or personal items, especially in the case of silverfish. However, their nuisance can also serve a benefit, as their presence can indicate other issues that you may not have been aware of, like moisture problems in your home.

  • Centipedes can bite people and are venomous. A bite from a centipede is quite painful, feeling similar to a bee sting. They use their venom to attack and paralyze their prey; however, the venom is not strong enough to affect a human beyond the typical symptoms of a bee sting.
  • Earwigs may try to pinch if they feel threatened, but generally, they are not considered to be dangerous to people or pets.  Although they may wander indoors, it is a widely accepted thought that earwigs are an “occasional invader” and that they are nothing more than a nuisance pest.
  • Although Asian lady beetles may bite, their bite does not seriously injure humans or spread diseases. If crushed, the beetles will emit a foul odor and leave a stain. The dust produced from an accumulation of dead beetles behind wall voids may trigger allergies or asthma in some people. Their tendency to aggregate and their ability to enter structures may cause this insect to become a significant structural pest. There have been reports of hundreds and even thousands of these beetles found in and on homes.
  • Millipedes are not poisonous and do not bite or sting.  They can emit a horrible fluid in order to defend themselves. Some species of millipede can spray this fluid several inches. The fluid can cause skin irritation in some people and should be washed off right away. Additionally, it may take some extra scrubbing to get rid of the odor.
  • Silverfish are not associated with any disease, though the property damage they cause can be extensive.
  • Even though bird mites need the blood of birds to complete their life cycle and survive, they can bite humans. Human blood, though, isn’t enough for survival. Symptoms of a bird mite bite are similar to bites of other insects and mites. You may develop small red bumps or a crawling sensation on your skin. Bird mite bites also cause itching, which can be severe at times, and in rare cases can result in a bacterial infection.
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