Occasional Invaders

What are occasional invaders?

June bugs and box elder bugs are examples of occasional invaders living in the Denver area. Occasional invaders spend most of their lives outside, only sometimes finding a way inside. June bugs, box elder bugs, and other occasional invaders usually move indoors to escape harsh weather or accidentally, not to feed or breed.

  • Box elder bugs have a black body, with the wings and thorax outlined in a contrasting orange-red color. Nymphs are easy to identify by their bright red color.
  • June bugs are oval-shaped beetles, with six stout legs and fat antennae. They are generally brown, black, or dark red.

box elder beetle

Are occasional invaders dangerous?

Occasional invaders are generally not dangerous to people. They also don't typically cause damage to the structures of our homes. Problems that June bugs and box elder bugs do cause:

  • Adult June bugs live in gardens and flower beds, eating leaves and causing some damage. However, their larvae are the biggest danger. Grubs are lawn pests, pulling up grass, and leaving dry, bare patches in lawns.
  • Box elder bugs damage plants and trees during the feeding process, but only when living together in extremely large numbers.

Occasional invaders pose as a warning sign to homeowners. If they have discovered a way into your home, so will other pests. When occasional invaders migrate into homes, they usually do so in large numbers, making them challenging to eliminate and a nuisance to deal with.

Why do I have an occasional invader problem?

Occasional invaders move into our homes and other structures because they are warm and temperature-controlled and because it is easy for them to do. Occasional invaders often live outside in our yards near our homes. As they move around, seeking a warm, moist place, they crawl onto our foundations or exterior walls, moving inside through cracks and other openings they find.

Where will I find occasional invaders?

You'll frequently find June bugs clinging to window and door screens inside and outside our homes. These insects are highly attracted to light and will gather around doors and windows. When they get inside, they gather around windows, light fixtures, and televisions.

Box elder bugs and many other occasional invaders overwinter inside homes. They will move around your house until they find a dark, quiet area to gather. Attics, crawlspaces, and wall voids are their favorite overwintering spots.

How do I get rid of occasional invaders?

Make a beeline for Beeline Pest Control to eliminate occasional invaders from your Denver area home or business. We will solve your current pest problems through safe and eco-friendly treatments and return quarterly to prevent future issues with occasional invaders. At Beeline Pest Control, we focus on our customers and providing the services they need to keep pests away throughout the entire year. To learn more about our residential or commercial pest control services or for a free quote, call today!

How can I prevent occasional invaders in the future?

Prevent future problems with occasional invaders with the help of our easy and practical prevention tips:

  • Replace traditional white bulbs with LED lights or yellow light bulbs. These bulbs are less attractive to insects.
  • It is a good idea to place exterior lights on a timer or use a motion detector to keep exterior lights off when not needed.
  • Remove debris from your yard that occasional invaders can hide under like fallen trees, tree branches, piles of leaves, and woodpiles.
  • Patch entry points in the foundation, exterior walls, and spaces around windows and doors.

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