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Have you ever heard someone refer to a spider or centipede as an occasional invader? Perhaps, you’ve heard a pest management pro refer to occasional invaders and had no inkling what they were talking about. Whatever the situation, just simply glancing at the name likely gives you some ideas. If you figured they are pests that randomly enter Davenport properties, you would be correct. The real questions become, why are they on the property, what can be done about them, and how much of a threat do they pose. Luckily, these are the questions we are to answer.
Occasional Invaders Found In And Around Davenport
Occasional invaders, regardless of the species, are opportunistic pests. They are always on the hunt for food, shelter, water, and warmth. These are likely just one of the things that have drawn them to your property. Despite this, most of these pests spend their time outdoors. It usually isn’t only until the weather and environmental conditions turn against them that they venture indoors. Some of them are so adamant about staying outside they’ll take up residence behind the bark of trees, under logs, in woodpiles, and anywhere else that might provide safety, security, and protection.
While occasional invaders can vary depending on the time of year and area, here are some of the common ones that Davenport residents battle regularly:
- Boxelder Bugs
- Stink Bugs
Sealing And Repairing Cracks, Crevices, And Other Entry Points
Although there are a variety of ways that occasional invaders can nestle their way onto your property, it is usually via cracks and crevices in the foundation, windows, and doors they travel through. This is where you’ll want to begin your journey. Caulking cracks around windows, doors, and siding will go an extremely long way to deterring the pest. Make sure utility entries into the home are sealed as well as keeping an eye on screening material. Any screening that is damaged or has a sufficient opening for bugs will need repairing.
Taking the time to seal these areas along with replacing weather stripping and loose mortar will also do wonders for your electrical consumption. You might even notice some savings on your electrical expenses if you pay close enough attention. Either way, these are all things that will
need to be done.
Proper Ventilation And Moisture Reduction
When occasional invaders show up on the property, it might, unfortunately, mean there are some underlying conditions. Conditions that will need repairing or rectifying immediately. You always need to be on the lookout for leaky pipes and high moisture areas. These conditions along with clogged drains and other common water conditions can leave you with a whole host of repair costs. Likely not something you want to be contending with under these current economical conditions. High moisture areas might simply need a dehumidifier installation, while leaky pipes and clogged drains might have to be referred to the pros.
Regardless of the circumstances, remember the moisture in the home should be no more or less than 40 percent.
Maintaining Your Yard
When you think about it, all occasional invader problems start outside. Therefore, it will be imperative to ensure your yard is maintained. If you can keep these pests from being attracted to your yard, you might be able to keep them out of the home entirely. The best way to start is by mowing your lawn regularly, maintaining a grass blade height of at least 3 inches. When planting shrubs, plants, and bushes, make sure you keep them at least 6 to 12 inches from the foundations.
You’ll want to keep your firewood and other wood storage at least 20 feet from the property and a few feet off the ground. Avoid putting your mulch right up against the foundation as well. Doing these simple, yet dramatic things could do immense wonders for your property.
Whether you are incapable of doing these tasks or just simply don’t have the means or time to fool with them, we are always here. All you must do is get our Davenport office on the line and we’ll get someone out to your property immediately to evaluate the situation. We do have emergency services available for those in need.