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Occasional Invaders

Although they are occasional invaders they invade your food, home, and yards. Why-U-Buggin Pest Control works hard at making sure the invaders stay out side your home and yard.

Occasional Invaders Commonly Found in Colorado

Box Elder Bug

Box Elder Bugs

Scientific Name:
Boisea trivittata

Box Elder Bugs can become a nuisance around homes and other structures. They feed on leaves, flowers and the box elder tree.
They may feed on the fruits of apple, cherry, plum, pear and on grapes where their feeding punctures causes the fruit to become deformed. When grown the box elder bug may be about one-half inch long, mostly black with their abdomen being red. Indoors they can leave spots on curtains and clothing with their excrement and when crushed they give off an offensive smell. Box Elder Bugs do not breed indoors.



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Millipedes, often seen in gardens and wandering in homes belong to the largest group in the animal kingdom. The arthropods, which have jointed bodies and no backbones. Millipedes are brown in color, elongated, slightly flattened, and they have around one hundred legs. Adults vary from one-half to six and one-half inches in length; they feed on rotting leaves, decaying plant matter, and rotting wood. When disturbed, they do not bite, but their body liquid may burn your skin or eyes.



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Centipedes have lots of legs, matter of fact they have one pair per body segment. Although they are poisonous, rarely do they bite and when they do it causes only temporary pain. They prefer dark, damp places such as under rocks, boards and logs and are found throughout the United States. Homeowners typically are scared of Centipedes due to their scary look and are often seen darting across floors with great speed only to stop quickly remaining motionless. They feed on carpet beetles, spiders and cockroaches. If Centipedes are often seen, this could indicate that their prey is in abundance, and may signify a greater problem than the centipede itself.



Scientific Name:
Gryllinae/Acheta domesticus

Field Crickets can become a nuisance during the summer as they are known to invade homes. They live for about two weeks and can not reproduce indoors; however, they feed on the edges of your carpet causing damage. House Crickets are seen in homes near fireplaces, cracks and crevices, they are yellowish brown in color, and feed on draperies, fabric and garments. The House Cricket can develop large populations indoors and can cause damage if not controlled

Clover Mite

Clover Mites

Scientific Name:
Bryobia praetiosa

Clover Mites are plant feeders that are found infesting more than two hundred different plants. They can overwinter as adults, immatures, or eggs. They build up large populations around structures surrounded with lush, well-fertilized lawns and shrubbery. They do not damage homes, furnishings or humans but feed mostly on the lawn where they suck the sap from grasses, clover and other plants. They become a nuisance when seen in large numbers and when crushed they leave behind a red stain. Do not over fertilize lawns and try and keep the grass from growing up the foundation as this increases the potential of them invading your home or structure.



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Earwigs usually are found in cracks and crevices, under furniture, and carpeting. They prefer outdoors but invade structures at night in search of food. The Earwig has a prominent pair of appendages that look like forceps that it uses for defense it is reddish brown in color and 3/4 inches long. It is the most recognizable pests in home gardens as it does great harm to seedling vegetables or annual flowers.

Sun Spider

Sun Spiders

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Sun Spiders can cause great alarm when found in your home as they are very fierce looking with large jaws and will bite if handled although not poisonous. Lighting attracts the insects that Sun Spiders enjoy feeding on which is why we sometimes find them in our homes. Sun Spiders can live up to two years are light brown to reddish in color and are one-fourth inch to one-half inch long. These spiders may be found in trapped in sink drains.